February 2020 marks the 25th annual orchid festival held at the famous Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Dating back to the early 18th century, the impressive gardens play host to an expanse of trees and flowers from across the globe. The theme for this year’s Kew Gardens Orchid Festival is Indonesia, showcasing immersive displays, inspired by Indonesia’s wildlife and diversity.
“Indonesia encompasses a myriad of cultures and societies across its thousands of islands, making it an utterly unique theme for this year’s orchid festival. The Princess of Wales Conservatory will be transformed by awe-inspiring orchid displays that will showcase the country’s biodiversity and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew’s work in the country to help to protect, conserve and study it’s plants.” – Scott Taylor (Conservatories Manager)
The Orchid Festival promises to create a completely interactive and immersive experience for it’s guests, that transports you to Indonesia through sight, sound and smell. Complete with life size model animals decorated with flowers, an orchid volcano and an archway made up of hundreds of carnivorous pitcher plants, the festival has dazzling installations around every corner.
The gardens are also a global leader in plant and fungal science. This year’s festival will also provide a platform to showcase some of its ground breaking work with collaborators in Indonesia. The Gardens’ work in Indonesia varies massively, from discovering new plants, to conservation of old ones to promoting sustainable development. Only last year did a Kew Gardens scientist discover a new orchid in Indonesia, completely unknown to science.
The orchids festival is open to the public 7 days a week between the hours of 10am and 5pm. If you want the full experience though we recommend booking tickets for ‘Orchids: After Hours’ – the specially curated events that transport you from Kew to Indonesia.
These carefully programmed events will provide an interactive, unique experience of the Indonesian culture, with lively Gamelan music, traditional dancers, cooking demonstrations and expert talks it offers the perfect, wholesome winter evening out.
The ambassador of Indonesia to the UK, H. E. Rizal Sukma said, “Through the orchid festival, I hope that visitors can have a wonderful journey experiencing the magnificent Indonesia. As well as it’s flora, Indonesia is rich in biodiversity, wildlife, nature, nature and culture, which will be beautifully displayed in this festival.”
The festival will be open between from 8th February – 8th March, with the ‘Orchids: After hours’ events running on 13th, 14th, 26th & 27th February as well as the 5th & 6th March, these events will run from 6.30pm – 10pm, tickets must be bought online in advance.