Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Kew Gardens
Richmond
Surrey
TW9 3AB
England

Website

www.kew.org

E-mail

info@kew.org

Telephone

24 hour information line

020 8332 5655

Fax

020 8332 5197

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Explore glasshouses, landscapes and 250 years of history at the world's most famous garden. Climb to the treetops on the Xstrata Treetop Walkway, delve into rainforest inside the iconic Palm House or discover more on a guided tour.

Venue Type:

Science centre, Environmental or ecological centre, Garden, parklands or rural site, Heritage site

Opening hours

9.30am

Closed: Closing times vary according to the season.

Call 020 8 332 5655 for up-to-date information.
Kew Gardens is open daily except for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Admission charges

£14.50 adults
£12.50 concessions
Children (under 17) FREE
For Group Bookings contact the Travel trade office on 020
8332 5648

Discounts

  • National Trust

Additional info

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is spread over 132 hectares of landscaped gardens and attract over one million visitors per year. Kew was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2003 and represents over 250 years of historical landscape. The site houses over 40 listed buildings and other structures including the Palm House, Temperate House, Orangery and Pagoda as well as two ancient monuments, Queen Charlotte's Cottage and Kew Palace. RBG, Kew is a world famous scientific organisation, internationally respected for its outstanding living collection of plants and world-class herbarium as well as its scientific expertise in plant diversity, conservation and sustainable development in the UK and around the world.

Children: Children visiting the Royal Botanic Gardens are now able to learn about plants through play in a unique interactive learning area, Climbers and Creepers.

Parking: Three dedicated parking bays are available for disabled drivers near the Main Gate. There are also several spaces in our car park right next to the Brentford Gate which are free of charge throughout the year for disabled drivers. Parking on Kew Road (A307) provides easy access to Victoria Gate (restricted before 10am).

Large-print map: A large-print map, produced with the advice of the RNIB, is available at Ticket Offices and at the Victoria Plaza Information Desk.

Wheelchairs: These can be borrowed free of charge from all the entry gates and can be booked in advanced for Mondays to Fridays (tel: 020 8332 5121). Due to high demand at weekends and Bank Holidays we do not accept prior bookings, but on a first come first served basis. Attendants to push wheelchairs around the gardens are not available. Owners' electric wheelchairs of the type permitted by the Disabled Persons Act 1970 are allowed into the gardens for use on the footpaths.

Access: The footpaths and the majority of buildings in the Gardens are suitable for wheelchairs. There is, however, no wheelchair access to the Marine Display in the Palm House basement.

Toilet facilities: There are a number of disabled toilets within easy reach of all the main attractions and gates. These are indicated in the Discover Kew map (provided on arrival).

Items from this collection

Collection details

Archives, Natural Sciences

Key artists and exhibits

  • Plants & seeds
  • Botanical specimens, herbarium seed collections and mycological specimens
  • Economic botany collections
  • Glasshouses
  • Marianne North and the Marianne North Gallery
  • Cambridge Cottage and Kew Gardens Gallery
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Magnolias - Paintings by Barbara Oozeerally

  • 15 January — 3 May 2014 *on now

This extraordinary series of magnolia paintings by Barbara Oozeerally is on show at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art.

Barbara Oozeerally worked as an architect in Warsaw between 1976 and 1979 and later as a fashion designer before beginning to paint full-time in England in 1996. From an early age she created very detailed drawings of plants from her parents' garden and when, in 1996, she bought Contemporary Botanical Artists by Dr Shirley Sherwood, she realised that botanical art was becoming an increasingly popular subject area for many artists and was inspired to work in this genre.

Over the subsequent years, Barbara has tackled many plant subjects, starting with plants such as irises, tulips and the wild flowers growing in her London garden. As her confidence grew, she was attracted to paint pine cones, gourds, ornamental pumpkins, colourful Indian corns, and protea seed heads. Her precision, commitment and dedication to the subject are appreciated by many art collectors and art societies. She has won many awards in England and abroad.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.kew.org/visit-kew-gardens/whats-on/magnolias-paintings-barbara-oozeerally

Botanical Art in the 21st Century

  • 8 February — 10 August 2014 *on now

This new exhibition, Botanical Art in the 21st Century, celebrates the remarkable, worldwide renaissance of botanical art today. Recently acquired works in the Shirley Sherwood Collection illustrate both traditional and new painting techniques. The exhibition demonstrates the breadth and depth of botanical art, where fresh approaches and technical advances are changing the idea of what botanical art is about.

Botanical Art in the 21st Century is a modification of an exhibition mounted last year in Pisa, Italy, in the Museo della Grafica, called Botanical Art into the Third Millennium. Alongside the Shirley Sherwood Collection there will be a selection of recent works by Italian artists on display, some of which were painted specially for the Pisa show and many have never been exhibited in the UK before.

Many of the artists in the exhibition from the Shirley Sherwood Collection were born from 1950 onwards and a few only came to botanical art very recently. These artists are continuing a very long tradition of botanical art and this exhibition illustrates how artists are using different media and new techniques to develop the genre into the 21st century. Artists such as Beverly Allen, Sarah Graham and Sue Herbert are painting either life-size or vastly magnifying subjects and other artists in the exhibition are developing the design and compositions of their paintings.

These new practices are exhibited alongside paintings using more established techniques and more traditional in their approach. Examples include works on vellum by Rory McEwen and Kate Nessler and copper-plate etchings coloured by Bryan Poole, using the technique a la poupéein, in a similar fashion to that of Joseph Pierre Redouté.

Many areas of botanical art are undergoing exciting changes and this new exhibition aims to showcase how exciting the future is for botanical art.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.kew.org/visit-kew-gardens/whats-on/botanical-art-21st-century

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
photograph of beetroot

Vegetable Growing for Novices

  • 28 May 2014 10:30am-4:30pm

This one-day workshop, run by Christine Lavelle, will introduce you to the most commonly grown vegetable crops and show you how best to cultivate them. You'll also learn about pests and diseases, crop rotation, fertilisers, green manures and composting - giving you the confidence to get the most from your plot.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£55.00 per person. Booking essential.

Website

http://www.kew.org/visit-kew-gardens/whats-on/vegetable-growing-novices

Bee on lavender

Herbs for Health

  • 6 July 2014 10:30am-5:30pm

A medical herbalist will be on hand to guide you through the practical and safe home use of herbs such as marshmallow, elder, fennel, chamomile, lemon balm, houseleek, sage, thyme and lavender. Christina will show you how herbs are gathered, dried and stored for use in a range of remedies, from herbal teas to foot or hand baths and soothing pillows. And you'll learn how to preserve fresh herbs in honey or honey syrups, oils or vinegars.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£55.00 per person. Booking essential.

Website

http://www.kew.org/visit-kew-gardens/whats-on/herbs-health

Rhododendron Blooms

Gardening for Beginners

  • 10 September 2014 10:30am-4:30pm

During this course, led by Christine Lavelle, you’ll learn about the essential conditions for good plant growth followed by a lecture and demonstration on soil preparation before planting. Advice will be given on plant selection and how and when to plant trees, shrubs and herbaceous species. The course will also cover the maintenance of established garden plants, looking at pruning, feeding and identifying pests and diseases.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£55.00 per person. Booking essential.

Website

http://www.kew.org/visit-kew-gardens/whats-on/gardening-beginners

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Evolution House

A teacher's guide with student activities for use during, in preparation for, and for a follow-up visit to the Evolution House at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew. It enables a differentiated approach and uses a variety of teaching and learning strategies for the study of plant evolution.
For full details see:
http://www.rbgkew.org.uk/education/evohse.html

Creator

  • Centre for Science

How to obtain

Available at the Victoria Visitor Centre at Kew, or by mail order from:
Mail Order Section
RBG Kew Enterprises Limited
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Richmond
Surrey
TW9 3AB
tel: 020 8332 5170
fax: 020 8332 5161
Costs £10.00 plus £2.50 postage and packing in the UK.

Climbers and Creepers

http://kew.org/climbersandcreepers/home.html

This website has been created for children aged 3 to 6 years old, to accompany Climbers and Creepers at Kew Gardens, a unique interactive play learning and play area. We hope that you will visit us.
Children can meet the Climbers and Creepers characters through this website, have fun with our games and activities and learn about the importance of plants in the environment and how animals and plants interact and rely on each other.

Looking for Links

Teachers' pack showing how to investigate the connections between the natural and man made world. Investigations compare plants and buildings, flowers and clothes, roots and foundations.
For full details see:
http://www.rbgkew.org.uk/education/links.html

How to obtain

Available at the Victoria Visitor Centre at Kew and at the Mansion Shop at Wakehurst Place, or by mail order from:
Mail Order Section
RBG Kew Enterprises Limited
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Richmond
Surrey
TW9 3AB
tel: 020 8332 5170
fax: 020 8332 5161
Costs £12.00 plus £3.00 postage and packing in the UK.

Plants Across the Curriculum

Teacher's pack designed to make educational use of landscapes, varied climate zones, buildings, exhibitions and plants to be experienced on a visit to the Kew site at Richmond.
For more detail see http://www.rbgkew.org.uk/education/patc.html

Creator

  • Education section, supported by Esso.

How to obtain

From the Victoria Gate Visitor Centre at Kew or by mail order from:
Mail Order Section
RBG Kew Enterprises Ltd
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Richmond
Surrey TW9 3AB
Tel: +44 (0)20 8332 5170
Fax: +44 (0)20 8332 5161
The cost of the pack is £10.00 plus £2.50 postage and packing for orders in the UK.

Spices

Teachers' pack with cross-curricular materials relating to the history and use of spices. Sections specific to history, geography, science and technology as well as opportunities to develop literacy and numeracy skills.
For full details see:
http://www.rbgkew.org.uk/education/spices.html

How to obtain

Available at the Victoria Visitor Centre at Kew, or by mail order from:
Mail Order Section
RBG Kew Enterprises Limited
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Richmond
Surrey
TW9 3AB
tel: 020 8332 5170
fax: 020 8332 5161
Costs £7.50 plus £2.50 postage and packing in the UK.

The Living Landscape of Wakehurst Place

Teacher's pack designed to make the most of a day in the garden. Contains background information, focussed assignments and recording sheets suitable for use by children at all key stages. Landscape and plants, human influence, plant collecting, habitat management and conservation are covered.
For more detail see http://www.rbgkew.org.uk/education/llwp.html

How to obtain

From the Victoria Gate Visitor Centre at Kew or by mail order from:
Mail Order Section
RBG Kew Enterprises Ltd
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Richmond
Surrey TW9 3AB
Tel: +44 (0)20 8332 5170
Fax: +44 (0)20 8332 5161
The cost of the pack is £10.00 plus £2.50 postage and packing for orders in the UK.

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