Secret World of Plants: After Hours

Rediscover the natural world as the sun goes down.

An illustration of the secret world of plants festival


Friday 25 June 2021
Saturday 26 June 2021
Friday 2 July 2021
Saturday 3 July 2021
Friday 16 July 2021
Saturday 17 July 2021
Friday 23 July 2021


7pm 10pm
Choose entry slots between 7pm and 8pm


Entry is through Temperate House Gate. Please note that the car park is not open.


Non-members: £20

Members: £15

As the last rays of light are cast across the Gardens, the secrets of the plant world come into their own.

Feast your senses with the spectacular sights, sounds, smells – and tastes – of nature. 

Discover the biodiversity of Britain's hedgerow habitats through artist Vaughn Bell’s large Plantscape installation. Visit our late-night opening of the Galleries as they display the brightest natural colour found on Earth.

Whilst in an illuminated Temperate House, surround yourself with a hypnotic soundscape composed by Jason Singh using biodata – the electrical impulses emitted by plants. Or encounter pop-up performances of classical music inspired by nature on the Temperate House lawn and listen to our scientific experts.

Breathe in the heady scents of the rock roses in our bespoke outdoor installation, Please Be Seated. In an interactive session, learn more about the power and role of scent and botanical fragrances.

An evening walk through Kew Gardens wouldn't be complete without an array of tasty plant-based snacks and botanical cocktails. Our Pavilion Bar and Grill will be open into the evening for a sit-down dining experience amongst the trees. Reserve your table in advance when you book your ticket.  

Is there a better way to spend a balmy summer night?

Please note, this event takes place in and around the Temperate House and will not have access to the rest of the Gardens.

Covid-19 notice

In advance of your visit, please read our general coronavirus guidance page.

We ask that everyone maintains 2m social distancing outside of their party, and to keep their party size to government guidelines.

There will be hand sanitiser stations as well as regularly cleaned toilets. 

You may need to wear a mask when inside our buildings, unless sitting down to eat in a designated area.