Meet the experts guided tour

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

Bamboo garden, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Date

Tuesday 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 April 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

 

Bamboos at Kew 

Bamboos belong to the grass family. They're considered to be the world's fastest growing plants. 

The first bamboos at Kew arrived in 1826. Since then, the collection has grown massively and we now have over 120 taxa currently flourishing in our Bamboo Garden.

Bamboo facts 

  • Bamboos are native to all continents except Antarctica and Europe.
  • They're a hardy bunch - they can grow at sea level to about 4300m, and can withstand temperatures as low as -29°c.
  • Some bamboos can reach up to 30m tall.
  • Stems are often green, but some can be stripey, with black, brown or yellow stripes.
  • Bamboos are a tasty food source for mice, squirrels, voles, and deer. 

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.

Bamboo garden, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Bamboo garden, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew