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Saturday, 25 April 2015


In ancient Rome, Roman gardeners grew cucumbers in frames covered with oiled cloth or with sheets of mica. They were the first greenhouses.

Early greenhouses were built in Italy in the 13th century to house the exotic plants that explorers brought back from the tropics. They were originally called giardini botanici (botanical gardens).

The world's first modern style greenhouse was built in 1714 to protect a single delicate coffee plant given as a gift to King Louis XIV of France. Lovingly tended, it becomes the parent stock of most of the coffee grown in Latin America today.

The great glasshouse in the National Botanical Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire, is the largest single-span greenhouse in the world, measuring 312ft in length and 180ft in width.

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