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21 September 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

The School of Thought

 Economic Botany Collection bottled crude drugs

Enjoy a series of lively, thought provoking talks and discussions on specific mind-altering plants.

Event date: 
20 September 2014 to 12 October 2014, 10.30am to 4.15pm
Event details: 
Every Saturday and Sunday
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens

Venue: 

The School of Horticulture

The Botanical Bar

The Botanical Beverages Bar

Pick up a specially created drink from our pop-up garden bar

Event date: 
20 September 2014 to 12 October 2014, 11am to 5.30pm
Event details: 
Every Saturday and Sunday
Price: 

Prices of drinks available at the bar.

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

Bright Club

Breathing Planet - Science

Finish the day off with some light entertainment as researchers, academics and plant-lovers take to the stage to tell you about their intoxicating work.

Event date: 
20 September 2014 to 5 October 2014, 3.30pm to 4pm
Event details: 
Sunday 21 September and 5 October
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens

Venue: 

Princess of Wales Conservatory, film room

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

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