Discover nature’s winter beauty during this magical season, when woody plants and ornamental grasses take centre stage.
For Tony Kirkham, Head of the Arboretum at Kew, the colder months reveal some of the Gardens’ secrets:
“Winter is one of my favourite times in the Arboretum at Kew. The trees have lost their leafy summer disguise and can show off their natural structural beauty. I often head to the Pinetum to enjoy the conifers suddenly standing out and coming to life with a myriad of blue foliage and cones.”
As the leaves fall and the bright colours pale, a stark beauty is left behind. It is at this time of year that the structure of the trees can best be seen: the textures of bark, glistening with frost, and the contrast of winter colour.
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Leave the winter behind as you enter Kew’s iconic Palm House. A tropical wonderland of plants from rainforests across the globe, it is home to one of the world’s oldest pot plants: a cycad which arrived at Kew in 1775.
The Palm House is also home to economic 'power plants' rubber, banana and cocoa.
The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art is currently hosting three exhibitions, including Rebecca Louise Law’s most intricate large-scale artwork to date. In the Marianne North Gallery you will discover over 800 paintings from one of the most prolific botanical artists of the Victorian age.
The Davies Alpine House was built in 2006 using state-of-the-art technology. Its pyramid shape reflects the mountain landscapes.
Look out for one of the glasshouse’s rarest occupants, the Chilean blue crocus. Delicate yet bold, it has scented, cobalt-blue flowers with white centres.
Walking tours are a fun and informative way to explore the grounds. Hear facts and anecdotes about the plants and Gardens as you walk the tour with our award-winning volunteer guides.
Meet Kew's experts and find out about the science and conservation work carried out at Kew.
Whatever the weather outside - choose one of ten climatic zones to enjoy in Kew's Princess of Wales Conservatory.
Discover cacti and aloes in the dry tropics, or search for carnivorous plants in the wet tropics.