Queer Nature

Celebrating diversity in art, plants and fungi.

A large colourful hanging banner in a Victorian greenhouse full of green plants


30 September to 29 October 2023


10am to 5pm (last entry 4pm)

10am to 3pm on Sunday 29 October


Temperate House, Kew Gardens


Included with entry to the Gardens

This October, celebrate the diversity and beauty of plants and fungi with an inspiring new festival, Queer Nature

Step inside Kew’s iconic Temperate House to discover a large-scale suspended artwork and a horticultural installation which explore the amazing world of plants and fungi, particularly those that challenge traditional expectations. Hear from Kew scientists, horticulturists, writers and many more leading voices on their individual perspectives on queerness and nature. Plus watch out for plenty of weekend and After Hours events.  

From the fascinating science behind plants and fungi to the connections between plants and LGBTQ+ communities, enjoy this celebratory programme.

What's on

House of Spirits – Jeffrey Gibson

New York based artist Jeffrey Gibson creates House of Spirits, an installation fusing vibrant colour and pattern. 

This large-scale, suspended artwork is intricately crafted to form a collage of printed fabrics, incorporating  botanical illustrations alongside language and patterns informed by Gibson’s own perspectives on queerness, and the endless diversity of plants and nature.

A collection of flowers, on a vibrant background of different colours
Excerpt from House of Spirits © Jeffrey Gibson

Breaking the Binary – Patrick Featherstone with Kew Youth Forum

Garden designer Patrick Featherstone and team are working in collaboration with Kew’s Youth Forum to present Breaking the Binary. 

Exploring themes of plant classification and categorisation, see this living installation celebrate the infinite potential of nature.

Queer Voices

Recognising the incredible breadth and range of perspectives on Queer Nature, Kew has invited over a dozen horticulturists, scientists, authors, drag artists and activists to contribute to a film-based installation with set design by British artist and designer Adam Nathaniel Furman.

Three colourful vertical banners against a blue sky, the middle one reads Thank You

Adam Nathaniel Furman at Motcombe Street © George Whale 2020


Kew has invited artists Ama Josephine Budge Johnstone and LiLi K. Bright to respond to the theme of Queer Nature through two spoken word pieces. Ama and LiLi share their personal perspectives and celebrations of the diversity, beauty and queerness within the natural world.

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    Evenings | Performance | Tours and talks

    Queer Nature After Hours

    Custom date
    13, 14, 20 and 21 October 2023
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    Interior of the Temperate House
    Members only | Exhibitions

    Queer Nature: early opening for Kew members

    Custom date
    Weekends, 30 September to 29 October 2023
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    Evenings | Family friendly | Food and drink

    Christmas at Kew

    Custom date
    Selected dates, 15 November 2023 to 7 January 2024

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