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 short course brochure

 

 

 

Herbs in the home: a practical approach

Event details

Sunday 2 July 2017, 10.30am to 4.30pm
Venue: 
Kew Gardens
Price: 
Course Fee: £70 (£60 concessions, Friends of Kew) 20 places available

Event overview

About the course

Learn how to use herbs in the home with this new one day course. Over the centuries herb use has varied as lifestyle has changed and we will be looking at recipes tailored for our busy lives today.  Some recipes will be fragrant, some tasty and others safe plant medicine. Led by a medical herbalist, the course will offer guidance on basic methods and ensure participants know the benefits and cautions of gathering and use.


The tutor

Christina Stapley has been growing, studying and using herbs for 40 years. She has a degree in Phytotherapy and as a member of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy practised as a medical herbalist for many years. She is an RHS lecturer and lectures to a wide variety of groups, guilds and societies on all aspects of growing and using herbs, including in crafts.


How to book

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

Download the spring/summer short course brochure

 

 

Save! Book a place on both Herb courses for £120 (£100 concessions, Friends of Kew)

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Planning and tending a herb garden

Event details

Saturday 1 July 2017, 10.30am to 4.30pm
Venue: 
Kew Gardens
Price: 
Course Fee: £70 (£60 concessions, Friends of Kew) 20 places available

Event overview

About the course

Learn how to design a herb garden to fit your own space. Plan a design for a small urban garden, a larger country garden, a patio or a balcony. Whether your aim is a wildflower garden with a natural appearance, a more formal knot garden or a selection of potted herbs, there is something for everyone. Getting to know the herbs involved will be through images, herbarium samples and an all-important walk to the Queen’s Garden in Kew to see the plants growing and literally smell the roses!


The tutor

Christina Stapley has been growing, studying and using herbs for 40 years. She has a degree in Phytotherapy and as a member of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy practised as a medical herbalist for many years. She is an RHS lecturer and lectures to a wide variety of groups, guilds and societies on all aspects of growing and using herbs, including in crafts.


How to book

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

Download the spring/summer short course brochure

 

 

Save! Book a place on both Herb courses for £120 (£100 concessions, Friends of Kew)

Tropical Important Plant Areas in the British Virgin Islands (BVI TIPAs)

Kew is working in partnership with The National Parks Trust of the Virgin Islands (NPTVI) on a two-year project to identify and map TIPAs in BVI. Scientifically robust data from field surveys and herbarium specimens are being used to identify populations of the most threatened plant species, areas of exceptional botanical richness and threatened habitats in BVI.

Kew is working in partnership with The National Parks Trust of the Virgin Islands (NPTVI) on a two-year project to identify and map TIPAs in BVI. Scientifically robust data from field surveys and herbarium specimens are being used to identify populations of the most threatened plant species, areas of exceptional botanical richness and threatened habitats in BVI.

Badger watching

Event details

Tuesday evenings from 11 April until 5 September, times vary depending on time of year.
Venue: 
Wakehurst
Price: 
Adults: £12, children: £6

Event overview

Our weekly escorted tours run during the badger-watching season from April to September. The purpose-built hide in the Loder Valley Reserve gives you the chance to get up close to the badgers in their natural habitat without disturbing them. 

Session times

  • In April and September tours set off at 7pm
  • In May, June, July and August tours set off at 7.30pm
  • Tours end when the badgers depart from the sett, or at 10pm at the latest

Book a tour

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Please complete the booking form and return, with payment, to Administration, Wakehurst, Selsfield Road Ardingly RH17 6TN.

Download an information sheet on badger watching in the Loder Valley Reserve

For more information please call 01444 894067.

 

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British Artists in the Shirley Sherwood Collection

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

British Artists in the Shirley Sherwood Collection

Dr Shirley Sherwood has been collecting British botanical art since 1990 when a dramatic watercolour of Laelia tenebrosa by Pandora Sellars caught her eye. Impressed by the quality of Pandora's work, Dr Sherwood went on to commission many British artists to paint studies of favourite plants such as fritillaries, cowslips and lapageria. Her vast collection of botanical art contains 330 works by 86 British botanical painters, of which a proportion is showcased in this exhibition. Botanical artists such as Brigid Edwards, Coral Guest, Rory McEwen, Rosie Sanders, Pandora Sellars and Graham Rust have been carefully chosen to showcase British talent.

The exhibition also highlights the sometimes changing style and approach of botanical artists, through experimentation with medium and scale.

Dr Sherwood’s enthusiasm for British botanical art continues to this day and she is still collecting botanical work in Britain, and the rest of the world.


Timelapse from photographs taken by three botanical artists who painted a life-size watercolour of an Amorphophallus titanum (titan arum) which flowered for the first time in Scotland at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh on 26 June 2015.


Joseph Hooker

A separate exhibition on the Victorian scientist, Joseph Hooker, will run concurrently in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art. The exhibition will show a selection of his photographs, journals and paintings.

Joseph Hooker: Putting plants in their place


Tours and talks taking place during the exhibitions

 

Exhibition tour of Sir 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 but booking is essential as places are limited
  • Please call 020 8332 3622 or email Shirley Sherwood Gallery to book a place


Admission to the British Artists in the Shirley Sherwood Collection exhibition is included with day entry to the Gardens. 

Save on the price of your ticket when you book online

 

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