Few families of plants inspire the same level of obsession that orchids do. For hundreds of years our scientists and plant hunters have discovered, tracked, stored, researched and illustrated many of the species known to science. Every year we celebrate this fascinating plant family at our Orchids festival. It's a chance to see thousands of exotic and wild orchids cascade through the tropical displays in the Princess of Wales Conservatory.
Orchids festival 2014 at Kew Gardens
Every year Kew holds an annual orchids festival. The spectacular display is found in the Princess of Wales Conservatory and runs for a month during February and March.
In 2014, the festival gave visitors the opportunity to explore a hidden world of exotic orchids and tropical plants in the steamy rainforest of the Princess of Wales Conservatory – where it is always over 21°C. The displays took us on a journey back in time, retracing the footsteps of the intrepid Victorian plant hunters, discovering cascades of Vanda orchids and drapes of tropical flowers.
Every year there are a selection of orchid-themed guided tours and courses to boost your orchid knowledge. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced grower you can pick up useful tips from our experts.