Kew Gardens celebrates 260th birthday with festivals and events.
RBG Kew will mark the event by opening several new spaces for visitors at Kew and Wakehurst.
New director of science Professor Alex Antonelli starts in February and new scientific research will be published.
The first of the new spaces to open this year is the Winter Garden at Wakehurst.
The second new space is the Children’s Garden opening in May. Designed by Kew garden designer Suzie Jewel it is the size of almost 40 tennis courts.
Summer sees the opening of the Agius Evolution Garden showing the story of plant evolution.
It is another bumper year for festivals starting with the 24th orchid festival. This year it celebrates the culture and wildlife of Colombia. It features Colombian music, carnival crafts, dance, and street food.
From April, American glass artist Dale Chihuly displays his artworks at Kew. His first European exhibition in 10 years showcases 32 installations.
New ambassadors include Dame Judi Dench, David Mills MBE and television presenter and writer Konnie Huq.