Kew Gardens’ 25th annual orchid festival will this year celebrate the incredible wildlife and culture of Indonesia. Here’s everything you need to know about one of the most spectacular flower festivals you’ll encounter.
Between 8 February and 8 March, Kew Gardens will be celebrating its 25th annual orchid festival… How’s that for dedication to the world’s most fascinating flora?
This year, for the first time ever, the festival will focus on the Indonesian landscape and the wildlife, plants, tropical rainforests and 5,000 orchids that inhabit this county’s 17,504 islands.
Visitors will encounter dazzling displays including life-sized animals decorated in beautiful flowers and an erupting volcano created from orchids. There will even be live gamelan music and dancing, after hours, as well as talks on how Kew is fighting the extinction crisis and a cooking demonstration from chef Petty Elliott, who will be introducing guests to the food and culture of her Indonesian heritage.
Entry to the Orchid Festival is included in the price of your ticket to the gardens – simply add on your timeslot to the event when you book tickets online.
Travelling to Kew couldn’t be easier; make your way to London Paddington by GWR train and use the London Overground to continue your journey.