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3 October 2014

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

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

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

Magical Mushrooms hands-on sessions

Fungi at Kew Gardens

Delve into the fascinating world of fungi with our activity sessions

Event date: 
20 September 2014 to 12 October 2014
Event details: 
Every Saturday and Sunday
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens.

Venue: 

Yurt next to the Princess of Wales Conservatory

A World of Coffee

Kew released a study warning that, due to the effects of climate change, Arabica coffee could be extinct by the end of 21st century.

Take part in a coffee tasting workshop, part of the Kew Gardens Intoxication Season programme of events.

Event date: 
4 October 2014 to 6 October 2014
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens

Venue: 

The Secluded Garden lawn

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