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Orchids 2017

A colourful celebration of India's vibrant plants and culture

4 February - 5 March 2017

In February 2017 the beloved Orchids Festival returns. Inspired by the vibrant colours, culture and magnificent plant life of India, this year’s festival will feature 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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What to expect:


Exotic horticulture

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.


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.


Don't miss:

  • 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


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Orchids Festival gift tickets

A special gift ticket to our Indian celebration of vibrant plants and culture will be an unforgettable present. Simply select the option to post your ticket at checkout to receive the gift ticket. 

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What's on during the festival:


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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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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Kew Gardens - Family Fun - Face Painting

Half term family activities

Celebrate India during the Orchids Festival with a week long series of activities to occupy the children over the half term holiday.

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Silver orchid earrings

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