View of the Temperate House under restoration

The Temperate House - one year to go

The Temperate House has been closed for a five-year restoration, and now, one year away from reopening to visitors, the north wing of the building has had its covers removed, giving us a first glimpse of the renovated glasshouse.

Pollinator on flowers

The importance of bees as pollinators

Pollination is one of the most important biological processes on our planet. And bees one of the most important pollinators. But what is pollination and why is it so important?

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.

Runner beans growing in the Kitchen Garden

Meet the experts guided tours

Hear fascinating facts about a different plant or fungus each month, including its history, horticulture and biology. Tours are every Tuesday. June tours will feature Legumes.

Lupins in Duke's Garden at Kew

Introduction to the Gardens

Gain an insight into Kew’s history, plants, science and seasonal highlights. Daily throughout the year.