Explore Kew Gardens - Virtual Tour
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Syon Vista was one of 3 vistas laid out by the garden designer W. A. Nesfield during the 1850s, the other two being the Pagoda and Cedar Vistas. All 3 radiated from the Palm House, which can be seen in this photograph of Syon Vista. Syon Vista in this aerial view stretches towards Syon House on the other side of the Thames. To the left are the Temperate House and the smaller Evolution House.
In 1845 Nesfield submitted his plan for a new arboretum at Kew. On it he indicated his proposed vistas, which were intended to give cohesion, space and visual stimulus to his design.
Nesfield encircled the Palm House with elaborate parterres, their complex patterns defined by low clipped hedges. Being labour-intensive they were simplified over the years and gradually disappeared.
The summit of the Pagoda provides a fine view of the Gardens. This photograph was taken in either 1908 or 1909 during the replanting of Pagoda Vista. The Temperate House lies to the west, facing is the Pavilion Restaurant and towards the horizon, the Palm House, which terminates the vista.