Glasgow palace revamp finishes

Glasgow Botanic Gardens has completed a three-year makeover of Kibble Palace.

Fresh look: tree ferns and sculptures. Credit: HW
Fresh look: tree ferns and sculptures. Credit: HW

The £7.7m restoration of the Victorian glasshouse closed with the unveiling of eight coloured glass-art interpretation panels.

Designed by Scottish artist Douglas Hogg, the panels take the visitor through the life, uses and restoration of Kibble Palace, and provide information on its world-famous tree fern collection.

The panels cost £111,000 to design and manufacture, and were revealed to visitors on 29 February.

Funding for the project came from Glasgow City Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Scotland and Friends of the Botanics.

As part of the work, which has taken three years to complete, eight marble sculptures were removed and cleaned.


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