Meet the experts guided tour

Meet Kew's horticultural and science staff and find out about their work behind the scenes. October tours will focus on fungi.

Fungi

Date

Tuesdays 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 October 2019

Time

11.30am

Location

Kew Gardens: Meet at the Information desk (by Victoria Plaza café) at 11.15am

Price

Included with entry to the Gardens

 

Fungi are incredible. Whether healer or destroyer, they are vital to all life on Earth.

They belong to a separate kingdom of organisms to plants. Like humans, they have no means of harnessing the sun's energy and so must co-exist with other living things like algae, animals and plants, on which they're dependent for food. 

Approximately 144,000 species of fungi have been described but estimates suggest there are more than 2.2 million species worldwide.

Fungi at Kew 

Kew is home to the most important fungal resource in the world – the Fungarium, supported by its own dedicated research team.

We've got over 1.25 million dried specimens in our collection. It's one of the largest, oldest and most important collections in the world. With samples from seven continents, it represents over half of the known global diversity of fungi. 

Thousands of new specimens are added to the collection each year. In addition to the dried specimens, a small living collection is maintained as cultures, deep-frozen in liquid nitrogen.

Tour overview 

During the guided tour you'll meet Kew's knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff and visit areas of the Gardens not normally seen by the public. You'll gain an insight into different aspects of work that Kew undertakes in areas of science, horticulture and conservation.

  • Tours will be mainly outside, but you may be taken to different areas behind the scenes at Kew
  • All locations are wheelchair accessible
  • Maximum of 15 people per tour.

Get your tour ticket from any entry gate from 10am on the day of the tour.