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.
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
Hands-on sessions with our volunteer guides
Fascinating stories from Kew explainers
Indian-inspired dishes in the Orangery restaurant
GAIL's Artisan Bakery competition
Get involved on Twitter and Instagram using #keworchids
What's on during the festival:
Join us after dark for a series of intimate evenings among thousands of orchids and tropical flower displays at our 2017 Orchids Festival.
A series of orchid themed talks by Kew experts taking place on weekends during the Orchids Festival (not weekend 18/19 February).
Celebrate India during the Orchids Festival with a week long series of activities to occupy the children over the half term holiday.
A behind-the-scenes tour of Kew's Tropical Nursery where plants from our iconic glasshouses are propagated. Saturdays only during the Orchids Festival.
A behind-the-scenes tour of Kew's Orchid Nurseries looking at rare and delicate orchids. Thursdays only during the Orchids Festival.
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.