Artful Autumn at Kew

Artful Autumn

As the seasons change and the landscape is steeped in vibrant autumn colours, come on a journey embracing art and nature. 7 to 29 October 2017.

Event details

Saturday 7 October to Sunday 29 October 2017

Natural Area, Galleries and Cedar Vista


Included with entry to the Gardens. Save on the price of your ticket when you book online

Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art (7 October 2017 to 11 March 2018)

Rebecca Louise Law: Life in Death

Visit Rebecca's Life in Death exhibition, and weave your way through the hanging garlands of flowers. The garlands are made up from her personal collection of flowers dried and preserved over a six year period.

Rebecca Louise Law's art installation at Kew

Rebecca Law, the beauty of decay, 2016 Chandran Gallery, San Fransisco

Rebecca's work using garlands of dried flowers. Photo: Mariko Reed.   

Lindsay Sekulowicz: Plantae Amazonicae

Find out how Lindsay Sekulowicz used botanist and the 19th century explorer Richard Spruce's collections from the Brazilian Amazon as her inspiration.

Lindsay's work will be alongside that of Richard Spruce.


Lindsay Sekulowicz's 'Unfired clay vessel (monkey)'

Lindsay Sekulowicz's 'Unfired clay vessel (monkey)'

Abundance: Seeds, Pods and Autumn Fruits

Dr Shirley Sherwood will introduce you to a seasonal selection of contemporary botanical paintings from her extensive art collection. The exhibition features paintings of fruit and plants from around the world.

Dr Shirley Sherwood's seasonal collection of paintings.

Pomegranates by Ann Schweizer from the Shirley Sherwood Collection

Ann Schweizer's Pomegranates, Punica granatum

Half term activities, including weekends (21 to 29 October 2017)

Why do leaves change colour in autumn?

Drop in for art and activities
11am to 3.30pm  More details

Children's face painting

Become an autumn leaf, berry or fruit (£4)
11am to 3.30pm  More details

Tree spotting walks

Short walks leaving from the Woodland House
11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm  More details

Walks and tours

Autumn Colour Trail

Follow our self guided trail through the trees of Kew's arboretum, where the fiery maples of New England and the warm Asian Sorbus will awaken your senses and allow you to appreciate Kew's trees as the season changes. Pick up a map for the trail from the gate as you enter the Gardens.

Meet the experts: fungi  –  Tuesdays 3, 10, 24 and 31 October, 11.30am, tours last up to 1½ hours

Accessible walks and tours

Sensory walk for people with sight loss  – Sunday 8 October, 11.30am and 2pm – booking essential
Discovery bus tours for people with walking difficulties  – Tuesday 10 October, 11.30am and 2pm – booking essential
Walks for people with dementia – Tuesday 17 October, 10.30am from Victoria Gate, walk lasts up to one hour

Books for autumn

Life in Death by Rebecca Louise Law

Documenting the work of Rebecca Louise Law who uses preserved flowers to create her sculptures.

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Pollination Power by Heather Angel

A visually spectacular insight into the hidden secrets of plant pollination.

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Susan Ogilvy's delicate paintings of both sides of the leaves of 37 trees.

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Ancient Oaks

Discover why England has more ancient native oak trees than the rest of Europe combined.

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Treasured Trees

A celebration of trees illustated by Japanese artist Masumi Yamanaka.

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Kew's big trees

A guide to the iconic trees in Kew's arboretum, a unique mix of the rare, ancient, useful and beautiful.

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From the shop

Alex Monroe Autumn Locket

A locket for autumn: Falling oak leaves and acrons with a squirrel hiding inside.

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Alex Monroe designed locket: Falling autumn leaves and acorns

'Spell' by Petra Börner Print

Limited edition print celebrating the changing seasons at Kew

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'Spell' Print by Petra Börner celebrating the changing seasons

White Pear with Two Leaves

Hand cast, painted and glazed clay and pewter art piece to celebrat autumn.

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Hand cast and painted clay and pewter pear

During October Kew celebrate Autumn with a brand new contemporary and botanically focussed event showcasing the beauty of autumn colour and the natural environment at Kew, and celebrating our connection with the natural world.
We are featuring work from four contemporary artists in the Natural Area and along Cedar Vista, as well as an exciting installation of hanging garlands in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art.
Learn more about the importance of Kew’s scientific work and the power of plants, and encounter Kew’s beautiful natural environment and some incredible artistic displays. See Kew in a different light and enjoy the spectacular array of autumn colours throughout the Gardens.