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1 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.

Guided tour: Know your trees

Indian Horse Chestnut. Summer

Enjoy a 90 minute ramble round Kew while learning easy ways to identify common trees.

Event date: 
20 September 2014 to 29 October 2014, 1pm to 2.30pm
Event details: 
Every Wednesday and Saturday
Price: 

£10 (You will also need to pay for entry to the Gardens)

Booking recommended as there is a limit of 12 people per tour

Please book by calling 020 8332 5604 or email tours@kew.org

Venue: 

Tour starts 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, 1pm to 2pm
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens.

Venue: 

Guides' Desk, Victoria Plaza

Plant Intoxicants in History and Culture with Mike Jay

Glasses of beer

Come and hear author Mike Jay talking about how people have used plant intoxicants throughout history.

Event date: 
1 Oct 2014, 7pm to 8pm
Price: 

£5 (£4 Friends of Kew)

To book please email adulted@kew.org with your contact telephone number or call 0208 332 5626

Venue: 

Jodrell Lecture Theatre

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

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

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