Our Orchid festival in February is a great way to escape the winter blues, into a world of all things bright, beautiful, and of course tropical, in the Princess of Wales Conservatory (7 February to 8 March 2014), heated to a steamy 27C.
From late May until early September, enter the mystical yet brutal world of the spice trade and discover how plants, once worth their weight in gold, were so valuable that they changed the world. Travel across the Gardens this summer and immerse yourself in a sensory explosion of colour and taste in a world of spices at Kew Gardens.
Kew the Music returns in July, bigger and better, and for the first time, 2015 will see the launch of Write on Kew – a literary festival in Kew Gardens from 24 Sept – 28 Sept.
Join Kew for all this and much, much more, for what will prove to be a truly memorable year in 2015.
|Alluring Orchids: Escape the winter cold and enter the steamy Princess of Wales Conservatory for a truly beautiful orchid festival. Experience an explosion of colour and find out why plants have evolved to look so vibrant and beautiful http://www.kew.org/about/press-media/press-releases/alluring-orchids|
|Come and enjoy an exhibition of stunning photos submitted as part of the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition|
|First signs of Spring – Visit Kew’s snowdrop collection in the Rock Garden|
|21 Feb – Aug |
|Kew’s Heritage Trees: A staggering display of Masumi Yamanaka’s exquisite paintings of Kew’s Heritage Trees, bringing to light the reverence and importance of these magnificent specimens. Painstakingly detailed, some powerful in both size and realism, these works are Masumi’s way of raising our appreciation of these remarkable trees.|
|14 Feb||Enjoy a romantic Valentine’s day dinner in the Orangery at Kew and take a stroll in the picturesque wintery Gardens.|
|March/ April||March sees Kew host the biggest spring flowering display in the country. With 5 million bulbs including daffodils and crocuses filling the Gardens with colour, this is the perfect setting to enjoy Mother’s Day (15 March)Keep abreast of our wonderful spring colour bulbs here http://www.kew.org/visit-kew-gardens/explore/spring-kew-gardens|
|28 Mar – 12 April||Celebrate spring at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew with Shaun the Sheep in 2015. Aardman’s much loved, world famous sheep is flocking to Kew Gardens with an exciting range of family fun for all ages. Shaun, who is set to star in his first Movie in February 2015, will be bringing a host of friends to revel in the Gardens this growing season.|
|Spring is in full swing with cherry blossoms leading the way along Cherry Walk and magnificent magnolias appearing near the Elizabeth Gate.Keep abreast of our wonderful spring colour here http://www.kew.org/visit-kew-gardens/explore/spring-kew-gardens|
|In Spring 2015 catch Kew Garden on BBC2. The BBC has been granted special permission for two Michelin Starred chef Raymond Blanc to transform an area of Kew into a sumptuous fruit and vegetable garden. Raymond, joined by co-presenter Kate Humble, will use this garden to explore the fascinating history and provenance of the heritage varieties of fruit and vegetables that Raymond plans to grow, across all four seasons. Raymond will then go on to cook delicious recipes using the seasonal produce he creates.|
|May||30 May until September 2015||Enter the mystical yet brutal world of the spice trade. Discover how plants, once worth their weight in gold, were so valuable that they changed the world. Travel across the Gardens and immerse yourself in a sensory explosion of colour and taste in a world of Spices at Kew Gardens this summer.|
|The bluebells in the conservation area are in full bloom in May and make a stunning day out.|
|July||July||Kew the Music returns with big name artists taking to the stage for five days of sweet sounds and sunshine!|
|Enjoy the Gardens in full summer bloom: highlights include giant waterlilies in the Waterlily House, the rhododendron dell, as well as the wildflower display featuring British native orchids nestled around the bee hives near Elizabeth Gate.|
|September||Join Kew as we dim the lights for the return of our September outdoor cinema festival, Kew the Movies.|
|24 Sept – 28 Sept||Write on Kew: In the setting of one of the most beautiful locations in London, a brand new literary festival, a gathering of some of the best minds and writers will take place at Write on Kew – a literary festival in Kew Gardens|
|September||Limber up for this year’s Richmond Run which takes place in Kew Gardens|
|October||Experience Kew’s beautiful autumn colour and the changing canopy of Kew’s Arboretum from the top of the Xstrata Treetop Walkway. Check www.kew.org/events for more details.|
|November||End Nov – Jan 2015||Christmas at Kew returns for another season of stunning illuminations and trails in the Gardens after dark. Expect Christmas treats, mulled wine and much much more!|