Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Find out what's looking good in the Gardens at Kew and Wakehurst, browse our upcoming events and explore Kew's iconic Garden attractions. Discover more about Kew's work with plants and fungi and see how our global science and conservation work is helping to safeguard the world's plant life for our future.
Featured news and highlights
10 Jun 2013
As summer finally arrives, the spring bulbs fade and gradually die down for their summer rest. Most tulips have long finished flowering - but there is one species that waits until June to display its bright scarlet blooms.
06 Jun 2013
The IGPOTY Macro Art photo project is open for entries until 30 June. If you're thinking of entering - or if you're interested in macro photography - IGPOTY director Philip Smith offers some top tips.
19 Jun 2013
Autumn at Kew Gardens this year looks set to be even more colourful than usual. The ever-popular pumpkins will be returning and our IncrEdibles festival will be shifting into its autumn phase with the opportunity to learn all about fascinating fungi and much more.
17 Jun 2013
If you’re looking for something that’s incredibly easy to grow and gives quick gratification for your efforts than look no further than spinach! Like radish and lettuce, spinach should be at the top of anyone’s list for quick reliable growers that give bumper crops with very little effort.
18 Apr 2012
A floral spectacular is in bloom in front of the Orangery at Kew Gardens to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic Games.
13 Mar 2012
Filmed over the course of a year at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Kingdom of Plants 3D provides a fascinating new look at plant life using stunning 3D time-lapse filming techniques. Own your personal copy today following the DVD and Blu-ray release.
The forgotten home of coffee
Native to Ethiopia, wild Coffea arabica is now thought to be under threat.
Coffee is one of the world’s favourite drinks, one of the most important commercial crop-plants, and the second most valuable international commodity; Arabica coffee is considered to produce the finest coffee beans.
IncrEdibles at Kew Gardens
Visit Kew Gardens and take a voyage through surprising edible plants.
Thu 27 June 2013, 7pm
Come along to hear Head of Kew's Seed Conservation Department, Dr Paul Smith, explain how Kew is developing solutions to long-term global food security using the full range of the world's edible plants.
Find out what the Georgians liked to gorge on!
Thu 15 August 2013, 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Take this opportunity to explore the fascinating hidden lives of our native bat species.
Following the success of our Great Seed Swap, held at Wakehurst for the last two years, this year Kew's Millennium Seed Bank is hosting the Wakehurst Seed Festival, including the Seed Swap.
Discover the smallest and most intimate of the royal palaces. Now when you visit Kew Gardens you can visit Kew Palace at no extra charge. On busy days, entry to Kew Palace will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Pagoda was completed in 1762. The ten-storey octagonal structure is 163 ft high (nearly 50 m).
The Rhododendron Dell is believed to date back to Kew’s early days. In around 1734, Charles Bridgeman created a sunken garden on the Richmond Estate (now the western half of Kew).
The Waterlily House was designed to exhibit the giant waterlily (Victoria amazonica) but the plant never thrived there. Today, one of its closest relatives, Victoria cruziana, inhabits the enclosed pond instead.
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