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Preparing for the Tropical Extravaganza inside the Princess of Wales Conservatory

Alluring Orchids 2015 - A Tropical Extravaganza

7 February to 8 March 2015

Escape the winter cold and enter the steamy Princess of Wales Conservatory for our beautiful orchid festival. Experience an explosion of colour and discover why these plants evolved to look so vibrant and enticing.

Colourful for a Reason

Orchids use extraordinary means to tempt, exploit and attract their pollinators: Colour, shape and smell play a vital role in ensuring their survival, making them one of the most successful and diverse plant families on Earth. Visitors to the festival will discover the diverse range of colour that orchids and tropical plants use to entice insects, birds and other animals. #keworchids

Book by 11 January 2015 using code KEWORCHIDS15 to save 30% on tickets. (£10 instead of £15)

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What to expect at Orchids 2015

The displays

The story of how colourful flowers evolved and their role in pollination will be brought to life by vibrant horticultural displays in the Princess of Wales Conservatory.

Hidden colours and trickery
Ultraviolet lighting in the Princess of Wales Film Room will reveal the hidden marks on some species, designed to trick insects into thinking they are encountering a different plant altogether.

Tours and hands-on events

  • On Tuesdays, orchid researchers and specialists will share their knowledge during Spoonful of Science workshops from 2 to 2.30pm
  • On Thursdays, join an Orchid Nursery Tour to see how some of the rarer species are nurtured, grown, and cared for (£5 for the 1.30pm tour; £15 for 2.30pm tour which includes a hands-on staff potting demonstration at the end)
  • On weekends, enjoy lively and thought-provoking discussions by the horticulture and science teams during School of Thought talks in the School of Horticulture (adjacent to the Princess of Wales Conservatory). 
  • Behind-the-scenes tours of the Tropical Nursery will take place on Saturdays at 1.30pm, 2pm & 2.30pm (places cost £5)
  • During half-term face painting and craft activities will take place for children
  • Booking details for all events coming soon.

Keep an eye on this page for more details of the Alluring Orchids festival, coming soon.


Alluring Orchids Lates: 19, 26 February and 5 March 2015 (NB: Tickets for Lates are sold separately. Tickets will be available to buy from January 2015.)

The Princess of Wales Conservatory will reopen after dark for a series of evening events during the festival period. The three evenings will feature a cocktail bar, botanical talks, music and crafts set in the beautiful surroundings of the glasshouse.