Orchids After Hours

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

The Costa Rican jungles and mountains surround by vibrant orchids and wildlife in a star filled blue sky


Friday 11 February 2022
Saturday 12 February 2022
Friday 18 February 2022
Saturday 19 February 2022
Friday 25 February 2022
Saturday 26 February 2022


6pm - 10pm


Princess of Wales Conservatory, Kew Gardens


Member: £16
Non-member: £18

Immerse yourself in a celebration of Costa Rica’s vibrant colours, culture and magnificent plant life at Orchids After Hours.

Enjoy exclusive after-dark access to the tropical paradise of the Princess of Wales Conservatory and wander amongst the vibrant displays of orchids.

Sample cocktails and street food, and take in a slice of Costa Rican culture – from music and performance to artist Dino Urpí’s Ethereal Nature, a new installation that explores the balance, beauty and harmony of the natural world.

Trace your way through the country’s landscape, from the southern shores where the Pacific Ocean laps its world-renowned beaches, to the northern coastline that looks out onto the Caribbean Sea.

There will be stunning horticultural displays featuring native animals including monkeys, sea turtles and the resplendent quetzal, a bird native to Costa Rica that has become a symbol for the protection of the country’s forests.

Discover Costa Rica’s national flower Guarianthe skinneri, which will be on display in its vibrant pink glory, and learn about Kew scientists’ work with local experts to understand and protect the wonderful wildlife of Costa Rica – one of the most biodiverse places on Earth.

A young woman takes a photo of the orchid display
Orchids: After hours, James Gifford-Mead©RBG Kew


COVID-19 (coronavirus) notice

You can book with confidence for Orchids After Hours. Come along knowing that the safety and wellbeing of our visitors is of the upmost importance to us and we are continually monitoring and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic situation as it evolves.

As Orchids After hours is a ticketed indoor event, you will be required to show your COVID-19 status through the NHS COVID Pass, approved international equivalent or valid text or email confirmation of a recent negative test result. Guidance is available here

We are regularly reviewing government guidance and will provide further information nearer the time.


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The Costa Rican jungle and mountains surrounded by colourful orchids and wildlife

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