Grass Garden

Experience the lustrous beauty of grass in this ever-growing collection. 

Close-up of grasses in the Grass Garden at Kew

With around 550 species, our Grass Garden offers a chance to encounter the full beauty and variety of grass.   

Grasses make up around 20 per cent of the Earth’s vegetation and are some of the world’s most economically important plants. They provide us with cereals, form the basis for many alcoholic drinks, are widely used for creating physical structures and increasingly as sources of renewable energy. 

Our grasses range from delicate clumps of feathery Hordeum hystrix to tall strands of the Korean feather reed grass Calamagrostis brachytricha.  

Once a year the grass garden gets a much-needed trim, cut back in February when clumps are divided and replanted. By early summer they are in full growth and beginning to flower.  

The Grass Garden looks its best from late summer through to winter, with feathery seedheads catching the light of the low sun and leaves turning shades of yellow and bronze. 

Visiting the Grass Garden 

We may occasionally need to close attractions for maintenance or visitor safety: check for planned closures and visitor notices before you visit. 

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