Orchids 2014: a plant hunter's paradise
Princess of Wales Conservatory
Saturday 8 February to Sunday 9 March 2014
Leave the winter cold outside in February 2014 and enter the tropical splendour of the Princess of Wales Conservatory for our truly spectacular annual orchid festival.
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Explore a hidden world of exotic orchids and tropical plants in the steamy tropical rainforest of the Princess of Wales Conservatory – where it’s always hotter than 21°C. Journey back in time, retracing the footsteps of the intrepid Victorian plant-hunters. Discover cascades of Vanda orchids, drapes of tropical flowers and a plant hunter’s camp and floating canoe bulging with plants destined for distant lands.
Watch our Orchids time-lapse video
When: Saturday 15-Sunday 23 February
Where: Princess of Wales Conservatory Film Room
Times: 11am-3.30pm daily (drop in)
FREE with entry to the gardens
Mini explorers will discover how Kew specialists go about their plant-finding missions in our rainforest encampment. They'll get to try on some explorer’s gear, get hands on with maps and equipment and take part in their own mini-expedition.There are also garden trails and fun indoor play zones. Find out more about our all our kids activities
Choose from a selection of guided tours and courses to boost your orchid knowledge and pick up useful tips from our experts.
- Behind the scenes tours of our Orchid Nurseries and Tropical Nurseries: a fascinating insight into a part of the Gardens that is normally closed to the public
- Orchids for Beginners: a one-day course to give you the knowledge and confidence to be able to grow orchids successfully in your own home.
- Growing orchids from seed: learn how to pollinate your orchid blooms and liven up your windowsills
A beautiful new orchid, Phalaenopsis 'Diamond Sky', will be exclusively premiered at the festival this year. This never-before-seen hybrid exists in very limited numbers, with stunning petals in varying shades of fuchsia and gently mottled edges.
A limited number are available from our Victoria Plaza Shop for the duration of the festival.
Save 50% on our Souvenir Guide Book when you pre-purchase a copy with your Gardens ticket online.
This guide will help you to discover Kew Gardens and make the most of your visit. Special seasonal walks are fully illustrated with maps, and you will also find fascinating historical information on the Gardens and its many plants, buildings and people.
*Offer valid exclusively online and available while Guide Book stocks last and only when you select visit dates between 31 January and 9 March.
Get inspired and take a little bit of your orchid experience home - whether it be a live orchid from our shop at Victoria Plaza, a book packed with expert hints and tips or a grow your own kit.
Our Growing Orchids from Seed book features stunning illustrations and contains all you need to know to become an expert.
Browse a selection of what's on offer from our online shop.
Whether you’re looking for a light snack or to keep warm with a hot meal, our restaurants serve delicious freshly prepared food using seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. Choose from our three on site eateries for quick coffee-and-cake pit stops, kid-friendly meals or something a little more sumptuous.
For more details on when the cafes and restaurants are open, see our opening times.
Behind the scenes blogs from our experts on putting together the Orchids festival and our extraordinary orchid conservation work. They’ll take you to Cambodia via Amsterdam and back again plus some great photography.
Orchid experts Lara Jewitt and Christopher Ryan answered questions from the public in a live online chat. Read the archive for some great advice on growing orchids.
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