9 March 2020
Best things to do at Kew this spring
Enjoy seasonal highlights on your visit to Kew Gardens this spring.
The Gardens have sprung to life with vibrant spring flowers and blooms.
Get outdoors this season to see our highlights, enjoy beautiful art, and have fun with the whole family at Gruffalo adventures.
From crocus to daffodils, the Gardens have exploded with spring colour.
In the UK, daffodils are sometimes called lent lilies as they often bloom between Ash Wednesday and Easter.
Daffodils are not actually lilies but belong to the genus Narcissus in the Amaryllidaceae family, the same plant family as another spring favourite, snowdrops.
Take a cherry blossom walk through the Gardens.
There are an impressive 161 trees of 63 varieties and species along this stunning route.
Keep an eye on our Instagram to see when the cherry trees are in bloom.
Wander through bluebell woods
The best time to see the bluebells is from mid-April to May. They spend most of the year as bulbs underground and emerge to flower from April onwards.
As many as 20 sweetly-scented, bell-shaped flowers can appear on a single flower stalk, which droops or nods to one side.
Bees, hoverflies, butterflies and other insects love them and their flowers provide an important early source of nectar.
Join us for Gruffalo adventures
Get set for an adventure this Easter holiday. Have your face painted to become the little brown mouse, pick up your trail pack and go on a journey through the woodland.
There will be fun for the whole family as you follow footprints, marks and feathers and figure out clues at stops along the trail.
Animals rely on woodland plants to build their homes. Learn more at our habitat building workshop and have a go at creating a log pile for animals to make their homes in.
See beautiful art
Explore the beauty and fragility of the natural world at the Paradise Lost exhibition, led by world-renowned artist Jan Hendrix.
Jan was inspired by the landscape of Botany Bay in Australia, which was once a pristine bay teeming with endemic flora and fauna.
The area has since been transformed by human development, with an airport and an oil depot being built on what was once a wildlife paradise. The bay has also been threatened by the recent forest fires.
Explore Jan's response to this destruction in beautiful artwork created from a variety of materials, including glass and silver leaf.
Go on a walking tour
Enjoy an introductory tour to the Gardens to learn more about our science and conservation work.
See highlights from our living collections, growing in the Gardens and inside the glasshouses, which make up the largest and most diverse collection in the world.