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28 October 2014

Poisonous plants: the dark side of beauty

Yew (Taxus baccata), photo by Elizabeth Dauncey

Come and find out how Kew are involved in the world of poisonous plants, from identifying them to what to do if you accidentally eat one.

Event date: 
28 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 (accessed via Jodrell Gate on Kew Road from 6.30pm)

Inspired by Kew

Painting of Laelia tenebrosa

Visit the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art to see the paintings that inspired Dr Sherwood's world famous collection.

Event date: 
16 August 2014 to 1 February 2015
Event details: 
Open everyday except for Mondays
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens

Venue: 

Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art

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

29 October 2014

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

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

Mechanical Chemical Machine

See how the brain reacts to different chemicals.

Event date: 
20 October 2014 to 2 November 2014, 9.30am to 6pm
Event details: 
During Gardens opening hours. Gardens close at 4.15pm from 26 October.
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens

Venue: 

Secluded Garden Lawn

Pop-up Library

The Pop-up Library in the Orangery with books and comfy sofas

Visit our pop-up library in the Orangery to gain a greater knowledge of deadly and disgusting plants.

Event date: 
18 October 2014 to 2 November 2014, 9.30am to 5pm
Event details: 
During Gardens opening hours. Gardens close at 4.15pm from 26 October.
Price: 

Including with entry price to the Gardens.

Venue: 

Orangery Restaurant

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. The exhibition will close at 3.45pm from Sunday 26 October
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.

A Mind-altering World display

Coffee plants

Discover a themed display zone of mind-altering plants in the Princess of Wales Conservatory

Event date: 
18 October 2014 to 2 November 2014, 9.30am to 5pm
Event details: 
From 26 October the Gardens close at 4pm.
Price: 

Included with entry price to the Gardens

Venue: 

Princess of Wales Conservatory

The Perils of Poisonous Plants Trail

Smedly Deadly on a bike - part of the interactive trail for Deadly and Disgusting Plants festival

Help save London from the evil plans of Smedley Deadly. Join this super fun interactive trail around the Gardens which ends in a hilarious live show.

Event date: 
18 October 2014 to 2 November 2014, 9.30am to 2.30pm
Event details: 
Except Friday 24 October 2014
Price: 

Included with entry price to the Gardens

Venue: 

Kew Gardens

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