Support Kew – Become a Patron Patrons provide invaluable support to Kew, funding our vital plant conservation, science and research work as well as helping maintain our cherished Gardens and iconic heritage buildings.
Become a Patron and enjoy all the benefits of Kew Premier Friend membership as well as a programme of exclusive Patrons events, including behind the scenes tours, invitations to opening receptions and an annual garden party.
To become a Patron or to find out more contact Helen Mackenzie-Carmichael email email@example.com visit www.kew.org/patrons call 020 8332 3238 Registered Charity Number 803428 What’s on with complimentary passes or £4 payable at the gate). No booking required.
15 & 22 AUGUST KEW PALACE: Sunday Evening Tours For details, see 20 & 27 June, on p61.
1 SEPTEMBER–30 OCTOBER WALK: Tree Identification This guided tour is back by popular demand – but for two months only. Don’t miss your chance to learn how to identify trees. Every Wed & Sat, 1 September–30 October, 1pm, £5, from the Guides’ Desk, Victoria Plaza. Booking essential – from 9 August, call 020 8332 5604 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
1 SEPTEMBER MEMBERS’ EVENT: Kew Social Meet fellow members in the Orangery, where a wide range of refreshments is available to buy, and take your pick from four seasonal guided walks. Wed 1 September, 10am, Orangery, walks depart at 10.30am, 10.45am, 11am & 11.15am. No booking required.
on this five-day course led by Annie Farrer. Taking place in the classroom and out in the Gardens and glasshouses, it gives you the chance to draw plants in natural surroundings, as well as undertaking more detailed studies. Ideal for beginners as well as more experienced artists. Mon–Fri, 6–10 September, £320 (Premier Friends/concessions £300), deposit on enrolment £50. Booking essential – see Adult Education panel on p67.
7 SEPTEMBER MEMBERS’ WALK: Kew’s Trees Join Tony Kirkham, head of Kew’s Arboretum, for an entertaining and informative tour, as he shows you his favourite Kew trees. Tues 7 September, 11am, £15. Booking essential – use the form on p67.
7 September: don’t miss Tony Kirkham’s tree-themed walk for Kew members
6–10 SEPTEMBER COURSE: Distance and Detail – drawing and painting plants Learn the basic techniques of botanical illustration, both drawing and watercolour,
Take a tour of Kew
Enjoy a free introductory walking tour led by Kew’s volunteer guides or take a seat on the Explorer for a ride round the Gardens with commentary. For £4 (under-17s £1), you can hop on and off at eight stops around the Gardens.
WALK: Introduction to the Gardens Gain an insight into Kew’s history, plants, science and seasonal highlights. All year, daily, 11am & 2pm, from the Guides’ Desk, Victoria Plaza, free – register from 15 minutes before the start.
TOUR: Kew Explorer Take a relaxing 40-minute ride around the Gardens – see the sights and hear about Kew’s eventful history. All year, daily, adults £4, under-17s £1, tickets valid all day, tours run from 11am.
12 & 19 SEPTEMBER KEW PALACE: Sunday Evening Tours For details, see 20 & 27 June, on p61.
COMING UP THIS AUTUMN Look out for full details of Kew’s autumn events in our next issue, including guided tours, courses, lectures and children’s activities.
What’s on... in Kew’s galleries Both galleries are open daily, from 9.30am, at no extra charge
THE SHIRLEY SHERWOOD GALLERY OF BOTANICAL ART • Old and New South American Botanical Art A vibrant exhibition bringing together works from Madrid Royal Botanic Garden’s Mutis Collection, dating from 1783–1816, and contemporary paintings from the Shirley Sherwood Collection, highlighting the development of botanical art in South America over the centuries. The Mutis paintings have never been exhibited outside Spain. Daily until Sun 8 August.
• Art Workshop Stuart Simler leads a creative drop-in workshop in the gallery, inspired by the current exhibition.
Families welcome. Mon 31 May, 11.30am–1.30pm & 2.30pm–4.30pm, free.
• Bulbmania – paintings from the Kew Collection Discover exquisite illustrations highlighting the beauty and diversity of flowering bulbs around the world. These are complemented by paintings from the
Shirley Sherwood Collection. Daily, Sat 28 August–Jan 2011.
Ornamental Banana and Hermit Hummingbird, from the Old and New South American Botanical Art exhibition
• Art Workshop Artist Stuart Simler leads a creative drop-in workshop in the gallery, inspired by the Bulbmania exhibition. Families welcome. Mon 30 August, 11.30am–1.30pm & 2.30–4.30pm, free.
• Short Talks Get a fresh perspective on some of the works on display in the gallery on this ten-minute introduction. Every Mon & Wed, all year, 11.30am & 2.30pm, free.
MARIANNE NORTH GALLERY • Marianne North Conservation Talks Staff from the conservation studio talk about their work restoring Kew’s Marianne North paintings. Fri 25 June, 23 July, 27 August, 24 September, 2.30pm, free.
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