A Botanical Rainbow

Summer 2021: A new botanical art exhibition celebrating the spectrum of colours in the plant world.

A brightly coloured botanical artwork from the Shirley Sherwood collection

Date and time

17 May 2021 – 26 September 2021

10am – 5.30pm (last entry 5pm)


Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art


Included with entry to Kew Gardens

You must pre-book a time slot for entry to the Gardens

No time slot is necessary for the exhibition itself

Experience the bold and beautiful colours of the natural world through botanical art. 

From striking indigoes to sunny yellows, go on a journey of colour through the lens of botanical art. See all seven colours of the rainbow represented in intricately detailed paintings of petals, fruit and leaves. 

Explore how botanical artists use hues and tones to recreate colour in nature using watercolour, oil paint and crayon. 

The exhibition showcases a variety of colour techniques. See in exquisite detail how artists use either a limited palette or a wide range of shades in subtle hues to achieve an exact colour match.