Community Horticultural Learning Programme

Join us on the community allotment to learn gardening, carpentry, and DIY.

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Join us to explore Kew's collections and scientific work through hands-on gardening and creative workshops.

Based at Lion Gate, our community allotment is an inclusive and welcoming space for people of all abilities. 

All Community Horticultural Learning events are open to groups and individuals who are members the Community Access Scheme (CAS) at Kew Gardens, and those who might otherwise face physical, sensory, psychological, or social barriers to visiting Kew.

All sessions are free and entry to the Gardens is included. Booking is essential as places are limited. 

Get involved

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    Monthly gardening workshops

    Join us at the community allotment to participate in a hands-on gardening workshop for all abilities. Please dress appropriately for gardening. Tools and materials are provided.  Booking essential. 

    When: First Sunday of every month 1pm to 3pm.

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    Online gardening activities

    Learn how to make a kokedama (moss ball) or grow basil on your windowsill.

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    Tool shed

    Hone your DIY skills and build your confidence at our monthly carpentry workshops for all abilities. These sessions focus on mental health recovery and wellbeing.

    Please dress for the outdoors.  Tools and materials are provided. Booking essential.

    When: Last Tuesday of the month, 1pm to 4pm

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    Discover horticulture

    Join us for an introduction to gardening with practical workshops and bespoke tours of the Gardens. You will have the opportunity to learn about Kew’s history, diverse collections, and scientific work. This project is offered as either a discovery day or as a three-day course.

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    Plot take-over

    Community groups who have completed the Discover Horticulture course will have the opportunity to tend the community allotment for the growing season. These sessions are for organisations and charities that work with refugees, asylum seekers, people in crisis and those struggling with homelessness.  

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    Community Garden connections

    If you run or are part of a growing project, community garden or local green initiative then get in touch to find out about upcoming networking events and plant give-aways.

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    Pollinators of the Palm House

    Hear from our experts about the remarkable Palm House at Kew and the plants and pollinators housed within.

    Produced by the Community Horticulture Programme in partnership with Esme Lewis-Gartside from Earwax, a slow moving platform for artists of marginalised genders based in South London. 

Get in touch to book

For more information and to book one of our programmes please email us

If you're interested in attending our events and programmes, but are not currently a member of the Community Access Scheme at Kew Gardens, please get in touch.

All our activities are subject to our Community and Families booking Terms and Conditions.

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