Children's Garden

A brand new Children's Garden opens this spring. A fun, interactive space to climb, run, jump and explore everything that a plant needs to grow.

The Children's Garden © RBG Kew/Ines Stuart-Davidson

Our exciting new garden, especially designed for children from 2 to 12 years old, is opening 18 May 2019. 

Based in a natural setting the size of 40 tennis courts, children will be able to explore all the things plants need to grow; earth, air, sun and water.  

Over 100 mature trees are spread over this beautiful landscape, with hidden treasures and adventures around every corner, leading to a 4m high canopy walk wrapped around a 200-year-old oak in the heart of the Children's Garden. 

Visitors arriving at the Children’s Garden will be allocated a time for a 90-minute session. Time slots will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, and in busy periods some visitors may have to return later in the day for their time slot. Arrive early to avoid disappointment. Please note: time slots are not pre-bookable.

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Explore the elements 

Earth Garden 

In the Earth Garden children can weave through a living bamboo tunnel, explore a jungle of large leafed palms and slide down 'worm-hole' tubes.  

There’ll be lots to learn about earth science, from germination to plants with interesting roots. 

Air Garden 

In the Air Garden wander a forest of colourful spinning windflowers, giant pollen spheres and bubbles that imitate seeds floating on the breeze.  

We’ll have hammocks and periscopes so children can enjoy gazing at the sky, and a tree-lined amphitheatre for storytime. And of course, trampolines for the bravest few! 

Sun Garden 

In the Sun Garden follow windy and twisted paths through a ring of sunflowers and pink candy floss grass.  

We’ll have a spectacular show of blossom with a row of cherry trees and hoop frames made of apple and pear trees for a real sensory adventure. 

Water Garden 

In the Water Garden explore our stream and splash pool with stepping stones inspired by the giant waterlily. 

Children can clamber over large natural stone boulders, planted with horsetails, ferns and giant rhubarb whilst learning about the vital role of the water cycle. 

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