Royal Botanic Gardens--page 5 of 5 pages (in chronological order)

Works represented include the following
Chokushi-Mon, 1910
Japanese Landscape
King William's Temple (Sir Jeffry Wyatville, 1837)
Pagoda (Chambers, 1761)
Palm House--exterior ; Palm House--interior (Decimus Burton, 1844-48)
Ruined Arch (Chambers, 1759)
Temple of Bellona (Chambers, 1760)
Temperate House (Decimus Burton, 1862-98)

King William's Temple

Sir Jeffry Wyatville
This small Doric temple--with four Tuscan columns and the frieze with indecorated metopes contains inside iron plaques commemorating British military victories from Minden to Waterloo.

Chokushi-Mon--The Japanese Gateway

Chokushi-Mon (the Gateway of the Imperial Messenger) is a replica at four-fifths size of the Karamon of Nishi Hongan-ji in Kyoto, the imperial capital of ancient Japan. Built in 1910 for the Japan-British Exhibition in London, it was moved to Kew Gardens a year later. According to the official Kew Gardens website, "Chokushi-Mon is the finest example of a traditional Japanese building in Europe, built in the architectural style of the Momoyama (or Japanese rococo) period in the late 16th century, a time of peace, prosperity and flowering creativity. Typically expressive, Chokushi-Mon shows finely carved woodwork depicting flowers and animals, with the most intricate panels portraying an ancient Chinese legend about the devotion of a pupil to his master" (website).

Japanese Garden

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