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Orchids 2017

A colourful celebration of India's vibrant plants and culture

4 February - 5 March 2017, Princess of Wales Conservatory

Inspired by the vibrant colours, culture and magnificent plant life of India, this year’s festival in the Princess of Wales Conservatory features giant floral displays created using exotic orchids, decorative rickshaws, Indian soundscapes, films and much more. 

Entry to the festival is included with day admission. Friends of Kew enter free.

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Exotic horticulture with an Indian theme

Learn about the many beautiful orchid species growing across India. The festival will celebrate how plants are used in India and Indian culture in worship, medicine, and everyday life.

Look out for elephants and peacocks created from exotic foliage and tropical plants, Vanda orchids hanging delicately from the ceiling surround a beautiful traditional Indian marriage swing and a giant floral pond display marrying together tradition and modern culture.

  • Spectacular floral displays including a giant Indian flag created from cut flowers

  • Film screenings in the Princess of Wales Conservatory film room

  • A specially commissioned Indian street soundscape

  • Hands-on sessions with our volunteer guides

  • Fascinating stories from Kew explainers 

  • Indian-inspired dishes in the Orangery restaurant


GAIL's Artisan Bakery competition

Kew Gardens has teamed up with GAIL's Artisan Bakery to offer you a chance to win a night's stay for two at The Hilton Syon Park Hotel, a GAIL's hamper and two tickets to Kew Gardens. 

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What's on during the festival:


Talks from Kew's experts

A series of orchid themed talks by Kew experts taking place on weekends during the Orchids Festival (not weekend 18/19 February).

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Tropical Nursery behind-the-scenes tour

A behind-the-scenes tour of Kew's Tropical Nursery where plants from our iconic glasshouses are propagated. Saturdays only during the Orchids Festival.

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Orchid Nursery behind-the-scenes tour

A behind-the-scenes tour of Kew's Orchid Nurseries looking at rare and delicate orchids. Thursdays only during the Orchids Festival.

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Orchids Lates

Join us after dark for a series of intimate evenings among thousands of orchids and tropical flower displays at our 2017 Orchids Festival. 

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The International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY) exhibition showcases the winners and runners-up from this annual competition, including a series of Sunday talks.

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