Travel the World at Kew
Around the world in 80,000 plants
Visiting 10 special locations dotted throughout our 320-acre landscape is the perfect way to reconnect with nature after months of lockdown.
Richard Barley, Director of Horticulture, Learning and Operations at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
At a time when globe-trotting travel has been put on hold, Kew Gardens are inviting visitors on a round-the-world adventure with no need for passport or jetlag. Simply step into the UNESCO World Heritage gardens and be transported to ten different countries and regions, each one recreated from Kew’s world-class collections.
Journey from the towering redwoods of the Americas to the gnarled olive trees of the Mediterranean; from the tranquillity of a Japanese tea garden to the tropical humidity of a Madagascan rainforest. Highlights include Australia’s epic mountain gum, Kew’s iconic Great Pagoda, and the South African bergs and kloofs in the acre-sized Rock Garden.
Celebrating the biodiversity of life on earth, each of these microcosms is a mini-break in itself – an opportunity to experience the colours, scents and ambience of each spectacular destination, all just 30 minutes from central London.
Turning over a new leaf
To guide each journey, Kew have specially commissioned poetry, prose and illustrations. Visitors can expect to hear from Jini Reddy and Dara McAnulty, both longlisted for the 2020 Wainwright Prize for nature writing, and Nina Mingya Powles, shortlisted for the Forward Prize for the best first collection of poetry. And, for a personal perspective, there are reflections from RBG Kew staff who have a connection with each country or region.
For even more inspiration, Kew will also be hosting a bespoke botanical sculpture created by the winners of Netflix’s The Big Flower Fight. Expect something big, bold and suitably ‘out of this world’.
22 August - 16 October 2020
Kew are strictly controlling numbers to their site, so pre-booking a time slot for entry is essential. There will be handwashing stations at each gate and key locations, distance markers at crunch points, and cashless payment at shops and catering pop ups. There’s also a one-way system in place at the glasshouses.