The world famous gardens at Kew in west London will celebrate their 250th birthday in 2009.
They began life in 1759, when Princess Augusta - the mother of King George III - started an ambitious nine acre garden around Kew Palace.
Today, covering 326 acres, the Royal Botanic Gardens are home to the world's largest living plant collection - with 30,000 species listed.
But the World Heritage Site is also home to more than 40 listed structures.
Take a tour with Kew's Curator Nigel Taylor.
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