Vegetables growing in the Kitchen Garden
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Foodie Fridays in the Kitchen Garden

Discover Kew's Kitchen Garden where there will be a number of activities for families taking place over the summer. Every Friday until 29 September.

Event details

Fridays until 29 September 2017
Venue: 

Kitchen Garden

Price: 

Free with entry to the Gardens. Buy tickets for Garden entry.


Introduction to Foodie Fridays

Foodie Fridays is a series of activities and events in and around the Kitchen Garden involving growing, cooking and eating vegetables. The events take place every Friday throughout the summer. Watch the Kitchen Garden grow, find out what's in season, taste the produce and buy some to take home.

Kew's Kitchen Garden was voted 'most inspirational vegetable garden 2016' by the Great British Growing Awards. It was created for 'Kew on a Plate', the 2015 BBC series which followed Raymond Blanc and Kate Humble for a year at Kew. They spent the year working with Kew's horticulturists through the seasons growing vegetables and creating seasonal recipes as well as looking at the history behind our favourite fruits and vegetables.


Foodie Fridays activities

Hear from a Kew scientist (not 4 August)

11am to 11.30am
A chance to hear from Kew experts about their work in different countries around the world.

  • What is Kew doing to manage the impact of climate change?
  • How are we helping farmers get rid of pests?
  • What are we doing to help overcome problems caused by drought?

Join Kew scientists to find out more

Beetroot growing in Kew's Kitchen Garden

Meet a Kitchen Gardener

2pm to 2.30pm
Meet one of our Kitchen Gardeners for a tour of the beds.  

You'll get the chance to see our new Funky Beets bed where we're growing crops for use in research including DNA extraction, cross-pollination and seed collection. In the Exotic Edibles bed we're experimenting growing plants that don't normally grow in the UK.

Meet Kew's Kitchen Gardeners

Joe Archer

Taste the produce

Sessions between 2.30pm and 3.45pm (limited spaces)
Our resident chefs will be in the Kitchen Garden cooking up delicious recipes using a different vegetable each week.

The recipes will also be on the menu in the Orangery restaurant—so don't miss the chance to savour these dishes for your lunch.

The recipe for Friday 28 July will use Florence Fennel.

Vegetables growing in the Kitchen Garden

Related books

Kew on a Plate with Raymond Blanc

This book accompanied the BBC TV series 'Kew on a Plate', and contains seasonal recipes and stories about Kew's horticulture and heritage.

Buy the book

Crop from Kew on a Plate book cover

Kew Gardens Children's Cookbook: Plant, Cook, Eat!

A childrens' step by step guide on growing vegetables and transforming them into delicious meals.

Buy the book

Children's Cookbook, Plant, cook, eat!

Knitted Vegetables

This step-by-step guide shows you how to make a range of novelty knitted fruit and veg out of oddments of wool.

Buy the book

Knitted fruit and vegetables book cover

Kew's online shop

Garden vegetable tea towel

Tea towel with botanical drawings of garden vegetables taken from the Cavallini archives.

Get the tea towel from Kew's online shop

Garden vegetable tea towel

Kew gardening hat

Protect yourself from the sun while you're gardening with this 100% cotton gardening hat.

Get the hat from Kew's online shop

Gardening hat from Kew's online shop

Gardening gloves

Hard wearing hand made leather gardening gloves bearing the Kew crest. A great gift for any gardener.

Buy the gloves from Kew's online shop

Kew Gardening gloves