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2 October 2014

Inspiring Kew

Coffea arabica from the Kew Collection

This exhibition at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art will reveal how - from the creation of the original ‘physic’ garden in 1759 to its position today as a UNESCO World Heritage site and world-class research establishment - Kew has been a source of inspiration.

Event date: 
30 August 2014 to 1 February 2015, 9.30am to 5.30pm
Event details: 
Everyday, except for Mondays.
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens. 

Venue: 

Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art. Due to staff shortages, both the Shirley Sherwood Gallery and the Marianne North Gallery will be closed on Mondays until further notice. Please contact the galleries on 020 8332 3622 to confirm opening hours.

Mind-blowing Microscopy Exhibition

Fly Agaric mushroom

What does a mind-altering plant chemical look like?

Event date: 
20 September 2014 to 13 October 2014
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens.

Venue: 

The Secluded Garden Lawn

Mechanical Chemical Machine

Secluded garden. Autumn.

Get hands-on with this fun contraption to find out how consuming a plant chemical can change the way we behave.

Event date: 
20 September 2014 to 13 October 2014
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens

Venue: 

The Secluded Garden Lawn

Deadly and Disgusting Plant Hunt

Colourful but poisonous fruits of Euonymus europaeus

Track down a world of deadly plants in the Gardens.

Event date: 
20 September 2014 to 2 November 2014
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens

Venue: 

Throughout the Gardens: See map

Pop-up Library

Books in the Kew Library

Poisonous and intoxicating plants pop-up library at the Orangery Restaurant

Event date: 
20 September 2014 to 13 October 2014
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens

Venue: 

The Orangery Restaurant

Inspiring Kew Exhibition

Victoria amazonica waterlily

See how Kew and its plants – including tea, coffee and cocoa – have inspired artists over the centuries.

Event date: 
20 September 2014 to 12 October 2014
Event details: 
Everyday, except for Mondays
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens

Venue: 

The Shirley Sherwood Gallery

A Mind-altering World

Grass Garden with Princess of Wales Conservatory in the background

Explore this living display of mind-altering plants – from the everyday to the notorious – and discover their stories.

Event date: 
20 September 2014 to 13 October 2014
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens

Venue: 

Princess of Wales Conservatory, Themed Display Zone

Film Programme

Visitors inside the Princess of Wales Conservatory

Enjoy a range of topical documentaries throughout the festival, including films about magic mushrooms, betel nut and coca, as well as Kew’s work with coffee.

Event date: 
20 September 2014 to 13 October 2014
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens.

Venue: 

The Princess of Wales Conservatory, Film Room

Introduction to the Gardens

A guide leads a tour through one of Kew's glasshouses

Get an insight into Kew’s history, plants, science and seasonal highlights. Every day of the year except 24 and 25 December.

Event date: 
1 January 2014 to 23 December 2014
Event details: 
Daily at 11am and 1.30pm - tours last one hour
Price: 

FREE with entry to the Gardens

Venue: 

Tours start and finish at the Guides Desk, Victoria Plaza

The Dark Side of Plants Tour

Guided walking tour

Take a guided tour and discover the dangerous secrets hiding behind the exteriors of many beautiful of plants.

Event date: 
20 September 2014 to 30 October 2014
Event details: 
From 12 noon
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens.

Venue: 

Guides' Desk, Victoria Plaza

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