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3 October 2014

Inspiring Kew

Coffea arabica from the Kew Collection

This exhibition at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art will reveal how - from the creation of the original ‘physic’ garden in 1759 to its position today as a UNESCO World Heritage site and world-class research establishment - Kew has been a source of inspiration.

Event date: 
30 August 2014 to 1 February 2015, 9.30am to 5.30pm
Event details: 
Everyday, except for Mondays.
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens. 

Venue: 

Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art. Due to staff shortages, both the Shirley Sherwood Gallery and the Marianne North Gallery will be closed on Mondays until further notice. Please contact the galleries on 020 8332 3622 to confirm opening hours.

The Dark Side of Plants Tour

Guided walking tour

Take a guided tour and discover the dangerous secrets hiding behind the exteriors of many beautiful of plants.

Event date: 
20 September 2014 to 30 October 2014, 1pm to 2pm
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens.

Venue: 

Guides' Desk, Victoria Plaza

Mind-blowing Microscopy Exhibition

Fly Agaric mushroom

What does a mind-altering plant chemical look like?

Event date: 
20 September 2014 to 13 October 2014
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens.

Venue: 

The Secluded Garden Lawn

Mechanical Chemical Machine

Secluded garden. Autumn.

Get hands-on with this fun contraption to find out how consuming a plant chemical can change the way we behave.

Event date: 
20 September 2014 to 13 October 2014
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens

Venue: 

The Secluded Garden Lawn

Deadly and Disgusting Plant Hunt

Colourful but poisonous fruits of Euonymus europaeus

Track down a world of deadly plants in the Gardens.

Event date: 
20 September 2014 to 2 November 2014
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens

Venue: 

Throughout the Gardens: See map

Pop-up Library

Books in the Kew Library

Poisonous and intoxicating plants pop-up library at the Orangery Restaurant

Event date: 
20 September 2014 to 13 October 2014
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens

Venue: 

The Orangery Restaurant

Inspiring Kew Exhibition

Victoria amazonica waterlily

See how Kew and its plants – including tea, coffee and cocoa – have inspired artists over the centuries.

Event date: 
20 September 2014 to 12 October 2014
Event details: 
Everyday, except for Mondays
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens

Venue: 

The Shirley Sherwood Gallery

A Mind-altering World

Grass Garden with Princess of Wales Conservatory in the background

Explore this living display of mind-altering plants – from the everyday to the notorious – and discover their stories.

Event date: 
20 September 2014 to 13 October 2014
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens

Venue: 

Princess of Wales Conservatory, Themed Display Zone

Magical Mushrooms hands-on sessions

Fungi at Kew Gardens

Delve into the fascinating world of fungi with our activity sessions

Event date: 
20 September 2014 to 12 October 2014
Event details: 
Every Saturday and Sunday
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens.

Venue: 

Yurt next to the Princess of Wales Conservatory

A World of Coffee

Kew released a study warning that, due to the effects of climate change, Arabica coffee could be extinct by the end of 21st century.

Take part in a coffee tasting workshop, part of the Kew Gardens Intoxication Season programme of events.

Event date: 
4 October 2014 to 6 October 2014
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens

Venue: 

The Secluded Garden lawn

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