Orchids

Inspired by the beauty of Cameroon.

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Date

4 February to 5 March 2023

Location

Princess of Wales Conservatory, Kew Gardens

Prices

Included with entry to the Gardens.

Add on your time slot to Orchids when you book your ticket to the Gardens.

Kew Gardens’ much-loved annual orchid festival is back, bigger and better than ever.

Inspired by the beauty and biodiversity of Cameroon, Orchids 2023 is a vibrant celebration of colour and warmth to brighten up the winter months.  

From lush rainforests and volcanic mountains to arid desert plains, Cameroon’s huge variety of plants and wildlife are supported by varied habitats, reflected across the ten unique climatic zones within the Princess of Wales Conservatory.

On a day out at Kew, take a journey through our state-of-the-art glasshouse and discover larger-than-life sculptures by our team of expert horticulturists, hand-crafted from an amazing array of real, colourful orchids and plants.

Don't miss the towering giraffes, wallowing hippos, a troop of gorillas, and magnificent roaring lions. 

Cameroon is home to some of the world’s most delicate and threatened orchids – some so rare their locations must be kept secret for their protection. Visit our central display at the heart of the glasshouse for a chance to see some of the Cameroonian orchids we care for here at Kew.

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Orchid festival, Jeff Eden © RBG Kew

Continue exploring the glasshouse to learn about the work of our scientists and their local partners, identifying, researching and conserving the amazing diversity of plant life in Cameroon.  

Be sure not to miss the Bikoka Art Project exhibition, presenting photographs by Yvon Ngassam taken in the rural area of Lolodorf (Cameroon), and a soundscape by Elsa M’Bala.

After you have witnessed all of the wonders the Princess of Wales Conservatory has to offer, head down to one of our cafés or restaurants and enjoy a West African-inspired dish from a menu designed by Cameroonian-born chef, Carine Ottou.

 

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Accessibility

Mobility scooters are not permitted in the Princess of Wales Conservatory, but we can provide wheelchairs for visitors to use on arrival. 

Please note that not all of the glasshouse is wheelchair accessible, but all locations pertaining to the Orchids festival are.

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Supported by Cazenove Capital

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Orchids: Members’ exclusive access

Enjoy exclusive member-only time slots at our 27th annual orchid festival.

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Orchids After Hours

Enjoy exclusive access to the tropical paradise of The Princess of Wales Conservatory after dark.