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Orchids 2016

A carnival of tropical colour at Kew Gardens

6 February to 6 March 2016 in the Princess of Wales Conservatory

Illustration of orchids

Step inside the tropical paradise of Kew’s Princess of Wales Conservatory as it is transformed into a celebration of Brazil’s plant life and habitats. 

Save over 30% on the standard adult ticket (£15) when you enter promo code BRAZIL2016 at checkout.

Offer is valid for adult daytime admission during festival dates. Friends of Kew enter free of charge.



What to expect

Tropical plants will take over the glasshouse allowing visitors to delve into the science of these mysterious plants and understand the diversity of environments behind Brazil’s flora.

Weave your way through an enchanted forest of orchids before passing through a tunnel of tropical plants.

Look out for the two enormous 'Rainforest Tree' sculptures, covered in Oncidium orchids and bromeliads.

Horticulturalist in the water prearing the Princess of Wales Conservatory pond for the orchids festival 2015

Carnival theme

February is carnival season in Brazil and our festival this year will aim to bring some of that vibrant atmosphere to Kew. Colourful tropical favourites such as bromeliads and Phalaenopsis, and Brazilian hybrids such as Cambria and Miltonia will make up an eye-catching display of dancers, representing the vibrant and flamboyant costumes of the Brazilian carnival. 

Elisa Biondi, Display Horticulturalist says, 'This year the pond display will be a true explosion of colour – a real carnival. What we want to do is capture the essence of Brazil, to take visitors on a journey through the biomes of this incredible country, all the while showing the range of conservation and science work that Kew is doing with South America.'

During the festival, visitors will have the chance to discover Kew's work within Brazil and its many habitats and ecosystems.

Get involved on Twitter and Instagram using #keworchids

A horiculturalist prepares a display of orchids in the Princess of Wales Conservatory - 2015

Book early and save

Stir some tropical colour into your Christmas and book advance tickets for you, family and friends to our Orchids Festival 2016.

This gift ticket is just £10 per adult and includes daytime admission to the Gardens along with entry to the orchid festival.

With a saving of more than 30% on the standard adult ticket (£15), this is a great gift opportunity.

Enter promo code BRAZIL2016 at checkout.


Offer is valid for adult daytime admission. Friends of Kew enter free of charge.

Win festival tickets plus a hotel break for two

To celebrate the launch of the Orchids Festival 2016, we've teamed up with Hilton London Syon Park to offer a one night stay at their luxurious London hotel, including breakfast and dinner at the hotel's Marco Pierre White restaurant, plus a pair of tickets to the festival.

Enter competition

'Lates' at Kew Gardens

Gin bar at Orchid Lates

Thursday 11, 18 and 25 February and 3 March 2016 - advance booking essential

After the sell-out success of last year's Kew Lates, The Princess of Wales Conservatory will once again throw open its doors for a series of intimate evenings among the tropical flowers on display.

Join in the celebration of Brazil, its striking plant life and the vibrant atmosphere of the annual Carnival of Brazil.

Experience an evening like no other in London, with cocktails, talks, workshops and beautiful displays of tropical flowers.

Price: TBC 

Further information and tickets will be available soon


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