Collage of Joseph Hooker's drawings and correspondence

Celebrating Joseph Hooker: the man, the pioneer, the botanist

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 with a weekend of talks and activities for all the family.

Joseph Dalton Hooker by Theodore Blake Wirgman

Kew After Hours: Celebrating Joseph Hooker

Join us for an exclusive After Hours event, with the chance to meet Kew’s experts and discover the life of botanical trailblazer Joseph Hooker, and the illustrations inspired by his work. 29 June 2017. Over 18s only.

Joseph Hooker collection

Joseph Dalton Hooker bicentenary meeting

"The Making of Modern Botany" A one day meeting to celebrate the life and work of Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker, Victorian botanist, plant hunter and Director of Kew Gardens.

Collage of Joseph Hooker's drawings and correspondence

Joseph Hooker: Putting plants in their place

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.