Summer at Kew
Summer at Kew Gardens 2010
Butterflies, bugs and beasties at Kew Gardens, 2010
Explore the hidden world of plant pollination and witness a living love story this summer at Kew Gardens. Our festival is packed full of exciting things to see and do with all the family, see below what we have on offer so you don’t miss out!
Butterflies, Bugs & Beasties
The Princess of Wales Conservatory will be transformed into Butterflies, Bugs & Beasties. Be surrounded by tropical orchids and lush ferns whilst walking through a flutter of live colourful butterflies!
Come face-to-face with gigantic sculptures of insects, birds and bats which will help narrate the fascinating stories of how they pollinate.
Discover our new children's outdoor play area, shaped like a plant. Journey through this interactive landscape where kids can learn about the importance of every part of a plant.
Tunnel through giant roots, get lost in a leafy maze and hide amongst the large fungi whilst solving puzzles along the way!
Get involved - things to do at home
Get inspired by our Summer Festival - watch our butterfly video or create your own origami bugs & beasties. Help biodiversity in your local area by making your garden a place that wildlife loves to visit, and share photos of what you're doing...
More information and ideas
Palm House Ablaze
Across the Lake
Beside the Lake
We invite photographers to capture the sights at Kew and Wakehurst. These images are a selection of images submitted by photographers from around the world. We hope you enjoy them. You can see more on Flickr.
What's on this summer at Kew
Latest Blog Posts
05 Dec 2013
Kew's paper conservators Emma Le Cornu and Eleanor Hasler had to think big when treating a linocut of the Pagoda by Edward Bawden. Here they explain how this damaged artwork was returned to its former glory in the conservation studio.
29 Nov 2013
Tom Heller from Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank brings partners from across the Caribbean together to learn about banking seeds of their native plants.
28 Nov 2013
Orchids have the smallest seeds in the world and they produce millions of them, but why? Kew's seed morphologist Wolfgang Stuppy explains the clever survival plan that lies behind this seemingly wasteful strategy.
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