Surviving or Thriving: An exhibition on plants and us

CLOSED A specially-curated exhibition about the state of the world’s plants and what this means for us, based on our pioneering annual science reports.

Surviving or Thriving exhibition at Wakehurst © Adomas Mockus

Date and time

CLOSED

Daily, 10am – 4pm

Location

Millennium Seed Bank Atrium 

Price

Included with entry to the gardens

We are sorry to inform you that the Surviving or Thriving exhibition is closed until further notice in line with government guidance during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

This exhibition brings Kew’s State of the World’s Plants reports to life.

Games, film, sound, models and a futuristic garden tell the story of why some plants are only surviving, while others are thriving.

Plants are in crisis – but it isn’t all bad. We’re still discovering 2,000 new species a year. Some may be edible, some may be medicinal, and this exhibition showcases many of the reasons why plants matter.

There are fascinating stories about the vital roles of fungi too – from a fungus that breaks down plastics to one which provides the ingredients to make Lego bricks.

Exhibition highlights include:

A garden in 2050 – plants that are likely to thrive in a hotter climate.

Sculptures of five trees from around the world – each facing a different challenge. 

Six one-minute films focusing on plant discoveries, DNA, fungi, crop wild relatives, Japanese knotweed and bananas…

An audio backdrop showing the dramatic change in birdsong in a Californian forest from 2004 and 2014.

Wakehurst’s Astrid Krumins, who managed the exhibition team, says:

“We warmly invite you to come and discover how plants are faring across the globe. The exhibition is full of thought-provoking, bite-sized information!”

Admission to the Surviving or Thriving exhibition is included with entry to Wakehurst.