Summer 2014 at Kew Gardens
until 7 September
This summer The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew are holding a summer festival ‘Plantasia’ where visitors can experience the stimulating, transformative power of plants: from barefoot walking trails where the experience underfoot will be of rainforest floors, or different textures: a gin and tonics garden, to herbal remedy workshops and truly spectacular horticultural displays of beauty and wonder.
During the weekend there is a Gin and Tonics Garden where delicious botanical drinks with forgotten medicinal properties will stimulate and also do a power of good.
The Pagoda is open for the first time in eight years. Climb the spiral staircase to the top of this 50m-tall, 250-year-old building with breathtaking views across London and its iconic landmarks beyond.
Weekly workshops held by Kew experts, will demonstrate the healing powers of plants often found growing in the back garden. Medical herbalist Christina Stapley will teach which herbs should be used to make a small medicinal garden at a one-off Herbs for Health workshop in July. Christina will provide guidance on the practical and safe home use of various herbs, along with how to gather, dry, store and preserve them.
From the Healing Giant: A human-shaped raised horticultural display showcasing the effects of plants on different parts of the human body to Mrs. M’s Cart of Curative Curiosities, Kew’s festival has something for everyone particularly the floral diversity on the Sensational Broadwalk.
• For opening times: call 020 8332 5655 or visit www.kew.org
Mrs M's cart of curative curiosities
One of the many attractions at Kew Gardens during this summer, along with the healing giant, walking barefoot whatever the weather
Kew Gardens London