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Orchids 2014

Orchids 2014 (this event has now ended)

Every year Kew brings some tropical colour to winter with its annual orchids festival. The spectacular display is found in the Princess of Wales Conservatory and runs for a month during February and March.

Spectacular displays

In 2014, the festival gave visitors the opportunity to explore a hidden world of exotic orchids and tropical plants in the steamy rainforest of the Princess of Wales Conservatory – where it is always over 21°C. The displays took us on a journey back in time, retracing the footsteps of the intrepid Victorian plant hunters, discovering cascades of Vanda orchids and drapes of tropical flowers.

Half-term activities

During half-term, mini-explorers could discover how Kew specialists go about their plant finding missions. Children got the opportunity to try on explorers' gear, get hands-on with maps and equipment and take part in their own mini-expedition. There were also garden trails and fun indoor play zones.

Tours and courses

Every year there are a selection of orchid-themed guided tours and courses to boost your orchid knowledge. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced grower you can pick up useful tips from our experts.


Course: Orchids for Beginners

Join us on this one-day beginners' course on 18 February 2015 to learn how to grow beautiful orchids in your own home.

A selection of photos of orchids from Kew's 2013 Orchid Festival

Course: Growing orchids from seed

Join us on this one-day course on 19 February 2015 to find out how to grow orchids from seed you've collected yourself.

Talk: Passionate about orchids

Don't miss Tom Hart Dyke talk on 26 February 2015 about his orchid expedition that went dangerously wrong.

A selection of photos of orchids from Kew's 2013 Orchid Festival