Cyathus sp (bird's nest fungus) (Image: Jeff Eden)
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Meet the experts guided tours

Meet Kew's horticultural and science staff and find out about their work behind the scenes. October's topic is: Fungi. 3, 10, 24 and 31 October.

Event details

Tuesdays at 11.30am (no tour on 17 October). Tours last a maximum of 1½ hours.
Venue: 
Meet at the Information Desk at Victoria Plaza.
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens. Save on the price of your ticket when you book online


Event 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.

Depending on the featured plant or fungus the tour could include a visit to the Jodrell Laboratory, the Herbarium or one of our Nurseries. You'll see how Kew's research can be used to help people across the globe, for example with re-forestation or finding alternative crops for farming in remote areas.

  • Tours will be mainly outside, but you may be taken to different areas behind the scenes at Kew
  • All locations are wheelchair accessible
  • Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis (maximum of 15 people per tour)
  • Please be at the Information Desk (Victoria Plaza) by 11.15am - ready for the tour to start at 11.30am

Fungi in the Gardens

Fungi can be found across the Gardens. Although 2,750 named species have been recorded here, visitors will only see the ‘tip of the iceberg’ – the fruiting bodies that appear above ground and the lichens growing on benches, trees and stonework. Most of the non-lichenised fungi grow under the surface – inside the food source – be it soil, leaf litter or rotten wood.


Clathrus archeri (devil's fingers)

Kew's Fungarium

Kew is home to the most important fungal resource in the world – the Fungarium, supported by its own dedicated research team. This collection of dried fungi contains more than a million specimens and represents around 60 per cent of the known global fungal diversity.

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


Specimens in Kew's Fungarium

November's tours

Join us in November to find out more about oak trees (Quercus) at Kew.