Kew’s plant assessment unit

Increasing the number of species on the Red List

Identifying species at risk is a central goal for conservation. In the face of accelerating biodiversity loss and limited resources, assessment of the extinction risk of species is essential for conservation priority-setting. These assessments can be used to assist governments and conservation organisations to prioritise and guide effective conservation action and inform policy makers.

Conservator's talk

Event details

Thursday 18 May 2017, 12 noon, tour lasts 45-60 mins
Venue: 
Marianne North Gallery
Price: 
Included with entry to the Gardens, although booking is essential

Event overview

Marianne North

Marianne North was a prolific 19th century painter who painted exotic plants and landscapes as she travelled the world.  On her return to England she contacted Sir Joseph Hooker, offering to build a gallery if he would agree to display her life’s work in it. In 2008 a large restoration project took place to restore the building and paintings.

About the talk

Join Kew's senior conservator, Jonathan Farley for a talk about the Marianne North Gallery.  Hear about the painstaking conservation work carried out to restore the gallery and unique paintings.

The talk is free with entry to the Gardens although booking is essential as places are limited. Please call 020 8332 3622 or email Shirley Sherwood Gallery to book a place.

Exhibition tour of Joseph Hooker: Putting plants in their place

Event details

Thursday 27 April 2017 at 12 noon, tour lasts 45-60 mins
Venue: 
Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art
Price: 
Included with entry to the Gardens, although booking is essential

Event overview

Joseph Hooker

An exhibition of the photographs, journals and paintings of the traveller and plant collector, Joseph Dalton Hooker, is currently being held in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art. Hooker, who was a friend of Darwin, believed that botany revolved around putting plants in their place: collecting and classifying them, better understanding their habitat and creating a place for botany to elevate its scientific status. This exhibition takes a look at the impact Hooker had on Kew and on the wider botanical world.

About the tour

Join Jim Endersby, curator of the exhibition and a leading expert on the life and work of Joseph Hooker, for a tour of the exhibition and a fascinating insight into Hooker's achievements.

The exhibition is free with entry to the Gardens although booking is essential as places are limited.Please call 020 8332 3622 or email Shirley Sherwood Gallery to book a place on the tour.

 

Kingfisher and badger watching

Event details

Monday 7 August and Thursday 10 August, 2017 from 5.30pm to 9.30pm
Venue: 
Loder Valley Nature Reserve
Price: 
Course fee: £30 Includes light snack midway through the evening. 12 places available

Event overview

About the event

Enjoy an evening of nature watching as we observe kingfishers in their natural habitat from a specially build hide in the Loder Valley Nature Reserve. The reserve, dedicated to the conservation of the plants and animals of the Sussex Weald, is normally only accessible by permit.  These special evenings will be led by the warden. 

You'll also get the chance to see the residents of the badger sett as well as any other nocturnal wildlife which is out and about. Come with an open mind, though, as natural history inevitably presents an element of surprise! 

Please note: These evenings will involve a fair amount of walking of a moderately strenuous level which will include some steep inclines on muddy and slippery surfaces. Please note that cameras are not permitted as their use disturbs the wildlife we hope to be observing.

The tutor

Steven Robinson grew up in Sussex and from a young age was interested in natural history. He developed his knowledge further by working and living in the countryside and is now warden for the Loder Valley Reserve which forms part of the Wakehurst estate. He relishes having a job which gives him opportunity to expand his knowledge and is constantly amazed by the rich natural diversity that Sussex offers.

How to book

Please email adulted@kew.org with a contact telephone number or call 020 8332 5626

Download the spring/summer 2017 short course brochure

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Daily guided walking tour of Wakehurst

Event details

Daily at 11.30am when availability allows. Please check at the Visitor Centre.
Venue: 
Wakehurst, meet at the guide meeting point by The Stables restaurant.
Price: 
Included with entry to Wakehurst. No need to book. Details from the Visitor Centre.

Event overview

About the tour

The guides will concentrate on the ornamental gardens close to the Mansion, looking at plants of seasonal interest as well as explaining some of the history of the house and gardens. They will also look at the vital conservation work being undertaken in the Millennium Seed Bank and by Wakehurst's horticultural team. 

Guides at Wakehurst are all dedicated volunteers with a wide knowledge and passion for the gardens. The free tour is designed for individuals and families. We have a limit of 25 people, so if you are coming with a group please book a tailored tour.

To book a tailored group tour call 01444 894067 or email wakehurst@kew.org.

Creative Writing

Event details

Tuesday 11 July or Thursday 12 October 2017, 10.30am to 4pm
Venue: 
Kew Gardens
Price: 
Course fee: £70 (£60 concessions, Friends of Kew). 12 places available

Event overview

About the course

This new one day course, led by author Lynda Waterhouse, will give you the opportunity to develop your creative writing skills in a warm and supportive atmosphere. You will be provided with a writer’s notebook and be guided through a series of short stimulating walks with accompanying writing exercises. Use Kew as your inspiration and be enthused by its wonders.


The tutor

Lynda Waterhouse is an author/educator with ten published books, twenty years in primary and secondary education, and many more years’ experience devising and running creative workshops for museum and art galleries including The Wallace Collection, The Queen’s Gallery, Windsor Castle and Elsecar Heritage Centre in South Yorkshire. Tan Twan Eng, winner of the Man Asian Literary Prize 2012 says, 'Lynda is a passionate and knowledgeable writer, always generous with her time, expertise and ideas.'


How to book

Please email adulted@kew.org with a contact telephone number or call 020 8332 5641

Download the Spring/Summer adult short course brochure

Joseph Hooker: Putting plants in their place

Event details

25 March to 17 September 2017, 10am to 5.30pm
Venue: 
Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art
Price: 
Included with entry to the Gardens

Event overview

About Joseph Hooker

Joseph Dalton Hooker (1817-1911) was a tireless traveller and plant collector, a founder of modern botanical classification and a close friend of Charles Darwin. Kew was at the heart of Hooker’s career and he helped add thousands of specimens to its collections.

Hooker believed that botany revolved around putting plants in their place: collecting and classifying them, better understanding their habitat and creating a place for botany to elevate its scientific status. To mark the 200 years since his birth, this exhibition seeks to commemorate the life of an influential pioneer of botany by exhibiting an eclectic range of journals, artefacts, paintings and sketches owned and drawn by Hooker himself. He once told a botanical collector at Kew to 'practice drawing incessantly', advice he certainly took himself. This exhibition takes a closer look at the impact he had on Kew and on the wider botanical world.


British Artists

A separate exhibition of Shirley Sherwood's collection of botanical art by British artists will run concurrently in the Gallery.

British Artists in the Shirley Sherwood Collection


A series of tours and talks takes place during the exhibitions


Exhibition tour of Joseph Hooker: Putting plants in their place – Thursday 27 April 2017, 12 noon – FULLY BOOKED

More about the tour of the exhibition

Conservator's talk – Thursday 18 May 2017, 12 noon – FULLY BOOKED

More about the conservator's talk

  • Tours are free although booking is essential as places are limited

  • Please call 020 8332 3622 or email the Shirley Sherwood Gallery to book a place


Admission to the Joseph Hooker: Putting plants in their place exhibition is included with day entry to the Gardens. 

Save on the price of your ticket when you book online

Friends of Wakehurst open evening

Event details

Friday 28 April 2017, 6pm to 8.30pm
Venue: 
Wakehurst
Price: 
Free for Friends of Wakehurst and Kew

Event overview

As a Friend of Wakehurst you can come along to explore the garden after hours and bring a guest with you. Take advantage of late opening as the sun sets over the gardens.

The evening will include a special walk and talk* around our Temperate Woodlands, led by Ed Ikin, Head of Landscape and Horticulture.  Other staff members will be on-site talking about how we use our woodlands day-by-day.

  • The Seed Café will be open throughout the evening for a variety of snacks and drinks.
  • The *walk and talk will be limited to 15 places on a first come, first served basis.
  • The walk leaves at 6.30pm from the Visitor Centre.  Additional talks will run on demand.

No  need to book in advance, just turn up on the day.

Wild wood weekend at Wakehurst

Event details

27 May to 29 May 2017, 10am to 5pm
Venue: 
Wakehurst
Price: 
Included with entry to Wakehurst

Event overview

Join us right inside the heart of one of Wakehurst’s most magical spaces, as we unlock the secrets of our ancient woodland.

There is something to keep every member of the family entertained:

  • Tree-climbing* and fire-lighting
  • Interactive family theatre performances
  • NEW woodland trail
  • Story-telling, music and family activities  
  • Crafters' workshops, demonstrations and woodland products
  • Woodland café and campside BBQ

Discover the vibrant lifecycle of the woods with our new living trail—you can nestle in a giant dormouse nest or burrow into a badger’s sett of coppiced hazel.

Gather round the woodland kiln to see the sparks fly and hear tales of old, or rest a while in the woodland shelter to share a taste of bread from the outdoor bread-oven with family and friends. Watch our woodsmen at work, making fascinating products or coppicing the woods, and a get a glimpse into what Kew at Wakehurst does to protect woodlands for future generations to enjoy.

For young adventurers there’s tree-climbing, fire-lighting, hands-on woodland crafts, not forgetting a chance to let off steam on the Treetrunk Trek. 

Then it’s time to tune into the trees with tales of folklore by storytellers, live music and be entertained by our troupe of woodland performers. Stop a while to capture the magic of the woodland light—take a close-up look at nature in a drop-in photography workshop or make your mark on our woodland art wall.

Families are also invited to relax together and enjoy the woodland setting in the picnic area, pop up woodland café or campside barbecue.

*Tree climbing - Advance booking strongly recommended

Instructors from the Big Tree Climbing Company will help you reach new heights in a fantastic tree at Wakehurst. Climb into the tree’s canopy using ropes, knots and karabiners, while being securely attached in a harness at all times.

Half hour climbs between 10am and 5pm (last climb 4.30pm).     

£8 per person. From age 6,  no upper limit. 

Book your half hour session in advance as places are limited.

Experience the exhilaration of our aerial runway

Children will be hoisted up into the canopy to enjoy a brief bird’s eye view before launching out of the tree along the aerial runway on a rapid descent.  Simple, fun and exciting!

£5 per person, pay on the day, for ages 4 – 7.

 

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