February half-term: The quest for the blue orchid

Follow in the footsteps of an intrepid botanist this February half-term.

A colourful illustration featuring Indonesia orchids, orangutans, volcanos and other flora.


Saturday 15 – Sunday 23 February 2020


Performances every 15 minutes between 10.30am – 12.30pm & 1.30pm – 3.30pm


This experience takes place across the Gardens. Start at the Banks building. Maps will be provided at the gates.


Included with entry to the Gardens

In 1938, British scientist Evelyn Cheesman discovered a unique sight; a beautiful blue orchid at the edge of a volcano in Indonesia. 

She brought the flower back to London, where it was forgotten for almost one hundred years. 

Until 2013, when a Kew scientist found her specimen and identified it as an entirely new species. 

This blue orchid (Dendrobium azureum) is a rare find in the wild, but we know it's out there, waiting to be found...

Come on our quest, decipher clues and locate the mysterious blue orchid with our interactive trail and theatrical experience. 


Tickets and timeslots

This experience is included with your entry ticket to the Gardens. 

If you would like to visit Orchids as part of your visit, you will need to book a timeslot to gain entry to the exhibition.