Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker was an eminent botanist, one of Victorian Britain's most important scientists, a close friend of Charles Darwin and a Director of Kew. To mark the 200 years since his birth, Kew is celebrating his life and work on 1-2 July with a weekend of talks and activities for all the family.
Kew the Music is a glorious week-long festival of summer picnic concerts set within the stunning grounds of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Acts include Passenger, Razorlight, James, Mary J Blige and All Saints. 11–16 July.
This summer Kew Gardens will be transformed into the perfect outdoor cinema set against the backdrop of Kew Palace. We will be showing the classic films Ghostbusters, Pulp Fiction and Grease (sing-a-long). The open air screenings take place on 30 August, 6 and 7 September 2017. In collaboration with The Luna Cinema.
To mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of Victorian Britain's most important scientists, Joseph Hooker (1817–1911), Kew is holding an exhibition of a selection of his photographs, journals and paintings.