Kew Mutual Improvement Society lecture series

Join our exciting educational season of public lectures aimed to bring you closer to the latest in plant and fungal science and horticulture.

Close up of a leaf, Palm House, Kew Gardens

The lecture series

Since 1871, the Kew Mutual Improvement Society has been running an annual lecture season to boost your knowledge of the plant and fungal kingdom.

From talks on Kyrgyzstan, to uncovering the role of the chromosome in evolution, this series will introduce to you the latest discoveries and advancements made in science and horticultural today.

You will hear from expert staff, students and professional gardeners on some of the most ground-breaking research, practices and trends in the world.

  • Tickets sold on the evening except tickets for fundraisers which are sold online in advance.
  • Mondays 5.45pm arrival for 6pm start. 
  • Lectures run for one hour.
  • Jodrell Lecture Theatre, entrance via Jodrell Gate. 

Download the 2018/19 programme

Direction from Jodrell Gate

Kew Mutual Improvement Society

In 1871, Joseph Dalton Hooker wanted to create a space where new thinking and cutting-edge ideas in the world of horticulture and botany could be discussed by the passionate students studying it. Over 100 years later, the Kew Mutual Improvement Society (KMIS) is still going strong.

Today, our KMIS is run by an elected first year student. We curate and present a varied programme of public lectures, with no limits to the discussion topics within the realms of botany, conservation and horticulture. Each lecture begins with a brief discussion or Q&A . We are proud to book a wide range of expert to speak on horticulture and science, including authors, researchers, gardeners and conservationists. The modern-day KMIS welcomes both students and professionals, as well as enthusiastic home gardeners and people passionate about the plant and fungal kingdom- all for a remarkably low cost ticket.

Contact us

We welcome your views about the lecture series. If you have any comments or queries please email

We regret that we cannot respond to horticultural queries.

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