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Kew Mutual Improvement Society (KMIS)

Established in 1871 with the support of Joseph Dalton Hooker, the Society provides a season of horticultural lectures for the benefit of Kew students, staff and the public.

KMIS lecture series

Lecture seasons have occurred annually since the KMIS was established in 1871.

Each season begins in autumn and runs until Easter the following year. 

Lectures are preceded by short items of interest, given by Kew staff and students or members of the public. The main lecture lasts about 45 minutes. 

Tickets are sold on the evening (we are unable to take advance bookings).

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We regret that we cannot respond to horticultural queries.

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