The 19th century conservatory houses the famous camellia collection.
The 300ft conservatory had fallen into complete dilapidation with woodwork rotten, glass broken and brickwork and masonry failing. Its restoration has involved the building being virtually dismantled to allow the timber and glazing to be replaced and all the historic metal work conserved and reassembled.
During the course of restoration Chiswick’s world famous 19th Century camellia collection which is housed in the conservatory, was carefully protected. Some of the camellias were planted in the conservatory nearly 200 years ago, and the collection includes what is thought to be one of the only two surviving ‘Middlemist’s Red’ in the world.
Cuttings have been propagated off site and will provide future plants for the wider gardens.