Community learning programmes

Learn more about our science, history and horticulture through our community learning programmes.

What are community learning programmes? 

From creative writing to horticultural workshops, we offer a range of accessible opportunities for you to learn more about our science, history and horticulture. 

Our community learning events are open to groups and individuals who are members of our Community Membership Scheme, and those who might otherwise face physical, sensory, psychological or social barriers to visiting Kew. 

All sessions are free. Booking is necessary for some events as places may be limited. 

Get in touch to book

For more information and to book one of our programme please email us communitylearning@kew.org.

Explore our programmes

A knitting nature session in the Temperate House

Knitting nature

Learn about Kew's science and rare plants through a fun and friendly knit and natter group. All ability levels welcome. Basic materials will be provided. 

When: 10.30 to 12noon, every second Wednesday of the month.

View inside Temperate House

Plant poets corner

Learn about Kew's rare and endangered plants through creative poetry activities, and discover new ways to express yourself. All ability levels welcome. This programme is aimed at carers and parent carers. 

When: 11am to 12.30pm, every third Friday of the month

Eucalyptus leaf in the Princess of Wales Conservatory

Shared stories

Join us amongst the plants to discover your hidden writing talents and uncover the unique stories in our collections.

All ability levels welcome. No booking required. 

When: 1pm to 2pm, every third Friday of the month

The choir singing in the Temperate House

Come and sing at Kew

This is a partnership programme for local community choirs and singing groups.

As part of your community choir or singing group, discover music from the Temperate Zones, and explore connections to Kew's collection of rare Temperate plants. 

Hands-on horticultural workshops

Beginner workshops for budding adult gardeners (members of our community membership scheme), which will take place in our community allotments.  

When: 2pm to 4pm, first Sunday of every month 

No booking required. If you're interested in attending but aren't a member of the community membership scheme or are interested in bringing more than 8 people, contact us.

Courgettes, Kitchen Garden, RBG Kew

Introduction to Kew for community groups

Join us at Kew for an introduction to our brand new community allotments and get your hands dirty with some hands on horticulture. 

When: limited number of sessions available on request 

Flowers, Temperate House, Kew

Make do and mend

These monthly interegenerational workshops will provide the perfect opportunity to hone your DIY skills. 

Each month we'll tackle a new challenge - from building plant supports to constructing bird boxes. 

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

Carrots fresh out of the dirt

Community growing at Kew

Selected community groups will have the chance to take over a plot in the community allotments for the growing season. 

Women and children take part in an outreach project,putting soil into a wheelbarrow

Grow Wild

Join our national outreach programme, bringing people together to value wildflowers and fungi.

Get involved with Grow Wild