Post-compulsory programme - Visits for students aged 16+
Post-compulsory visits at Wakehurst include a full programme of workshops and themed days tailored to AS/A2 specifications and two introductions to horticulture at Wakehurst.
The Bog Garden at Wakehurst.
Students of horticulture can visit Wakehurst as part of their course. We provide a short introduction to the Garden covering its history and the aims and roles of the Garden staff. Choose between a short introduction and an introduction and short tour. Groups can then explore the Gardens at their leisure.
Wakehurst also offers a programme of workshops and themed days for AS/A2 level students. Build your visit from our selection of sessions.
Introduction to the Gardens - 20 minutes
An experienced member of the horticultural staff provides an outline of the history of the Gardens at Wakehurst, with detail of the current aims and activities of our team.
The geographic planting of botanical collections, the layout of the ornamental collections and plants of seasonal interest will be covered, along with Kew's wider work at Wakehurst. This will include plant and wealden habitat conservation both within the estate and through the work of the Millennium Seed Bank.
- Visit fee: £15
Introduction to the Gardens and tour - 40 minutes
This will cover the ornamental areas closest to the Mansion. As the walk progresses through the Tony Schilling Asian Heath Garden, the Water Gardens and the Southern Hemisphere Garden, the principals behind our geographic planting scheme, history and development of Wakehurst as a botanic garden, and wider conservation issues for Kew and Wakehurst will be raised.
The walk will end in the Walled Garden where ornamental planting takes precedence over botanical collections.
- Visit fee: £30
AS/A2 level programme
AS/A2 level visits to Wakehurst are taught by experienced and enthusiastic Kew Teachers. The AS/A2 programme are planned in detail and tailored to suit your A Level specifications.
A typical day at Wakehurst is made up of two activities of approximately 1.5 - 2 hours each, one in the morning and one after lunch. Each session in the AS/A2 programme has a capacity of 20-30 students. Wakehurst can accommodate groups of up to 120 students by implementing a rotating timetable on your visit. Build your visit from our selection of workshops, or pick a themed day.
- Visit fee: Half day visit - £130 | Full day visit - £180
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