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    Visiting Wakehurst Enjoy the spectacular displays of colour all year round at Wakehurst
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    Come on an adventure So many beautiful and intriguing things to explore from amazing landscapes to historic buildings
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    Wakehurst's wildlife With woodlands, wetlands and meadowlands, Wakehurst provides the perfect habitat for a diverse range of animals

Wonderful Wakehurst! Whatever the time of year, the grounds of Wakehurst are a sight to behold. Wander through ornamental gardens, temperate woodlands and national plant collections. Follow a sculpture trail, spot wildlife or take freshly made afternoon tea. With the Millennium Seed Bank also on site, there is so much to explore, where will you start?

Wakehurst's plant of the week:

St John's wort
Hypericum

The shrubby St. John's worts form one of Wakehurst’s four National Plant Collections (the others being Skimmia, Betula and Nothofagus). These relatives of the common St. John's wort of herbal medicine share its vivid yellow flower colour, but can grow into quite large bushes. They flower through July and August, bringing a vivid note of colour to the Specimen Beds and near the Stables restaurant. We prune them quite severely in February or March to keep them smaller and growing vigorous new shoots.

 


Exploring Wakehurst with children

Children enjoying the natural play features at Wakehurst

Wakehurst isn’t just for garden enthusiasts. There are adventures to be had, woodlands to be explored, minibeasts to be spotted. From interactive wood scultpures to living willow tunnels, children of all ages love the natural play features, so why not join in! 

Wakehurst for children

Wakehurst's vistas and landscapes

Mixed lowland woodland viewed from Wakehurst,

From open sweeps of countryside to carpeted woodlands, from rolling hills to valleys and ravines, Wakehurst is a feast for the eyes. Take a look at the vistas and landscapes to be explored at Wakehurst.

Vistas and landscapes

National plant collections

Wakehurst boasts four national plant collections, Skimmia, Hypericum, Betula and Nothofagus, as well as a range of other themed collections, including planted beds representing eight threatened habitats.

Plant collections

Discover Kew app

Our new Discover Kew app is now available from iTunes. Take the Wakehurst Bark trail and discover our fascinating North American trees. The app uses iBeacons technology.

Download the app

If you would like to take five minutes to feedback about your experience using the app and iBeacons at Kew please fill in our survey.