Meet the experts guided tour

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

Holly berries


Tuesdays 3, 17, and 31 December 2019

Please note, there will be no tour on the 10 or 24 December




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


Included with entry to the Gardens


Discover more about the plants that symbolise the festive season. 

Holly (Ilex)

With more than 30 species of holly growing in the Gardens, this is the perfect place to find out more about an evergreen favourite. 

Traditionally symbolising the hope of new life in the depths of winter, holly bushes are a haven for birds and small mammals in the colder months as they give dense cover and protection. 

Holly Walk near Temperate House was planted in 1874, and is now home to one of Europe's most comprehensive holly collections. 

Ivy (Hedera

Although not a flamboyant plant, ivy flowers provide a great source of nectar for insects, which is important in the winter months when nectar is scarce.

Ivy has long been used for festive decorations and wreaths, and was used in pre-Christian times to celebrate the winter solstice festival. 

An evergreen woody climber, it can grow up to 30 metres high. It has adhesive aerial roots, which allow it to cling on and grow up vertical surfaces. 

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.