Exhibition: The Secret World of Plants

This exhibition runs from Sat, 1st May 2021 to Sun, 19th Sep 2021. See all dates

This event runs over several days/weeks. Dates include:

1st May 2021  
(10am - 6pm)  <– Today
2nd May 2021  
(10am - 6pm)
3rd May 2021  
(10am - 6pm)
4th May 2021  
(10am - 6pm)
5th May 2021  
(10am - 6pm)
6th May 2021  
(10am - 6pm)
7th May 2021  
(10am - 6pm)

This exhibition has not opened yet. Will open on Sat, 1st May 2021

Coronavirus: Events may be cancelled and venues closed at short notice, you are advised to check on their websites before making a trip.

Cost: £15

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is on a missions to encourage people, after a year spent largely indoors, to reconnect with the incredible nature that surrounds them. This summer, the leading plant institute and UNESCO World Heritage site is delighted to invite visitors on a journey to uncover the Secret World of Plants.
Plant blindness and the ‘wall of green’…

Weird, wonderful, and with life-saving potential, plants will be brought to life by large-scale art installations and a programme of intriguing activities designed to capture the imagination of adults and children alike. Visitors will leave Kew Gardens with an entirely different perspective on the ‘wall of green’ – a visual effect caused by what is commonly known as ‘plant blindness’. Plant blindness occurs partly because the human eye sees green objects much better than other coloured objects, and, as plants tend to be similar in colour and virtually still, human brains tend to group them together into one ‘wall of green’.
The beauty of British biodiversity…

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, and the restrictions that have come as a result of national lockdowns, many people have found a renewed connection with, and appreciation for the natural world. Through the Secret World of Plants, RBG Kew will encourage visitors to explore this connection on a deeper level, focusing on the biodiversity found on our doorsteps that we may have previously taken for granted. The word ‘biodiversity’ often conjures dense tropical rainforests or imposing alpine peaks, but this summer Kew is asking visitors to consider the wealth of flora that surrounds our homes, schools, and workplaces – the plants of our childhoods, and, if we take care of them, of many childhoods to come…

Playful plantscapes…

At the heart of the festival will be six ‘plantscapes’ – large-scale, immersive biomes representing contrasting landscapes found across the UK, but rarely experienced in such vivid detail. Each landscape - coastal cliff and sand dune; moorland; marsh and meadow; hedgerow; woodland; and urban - is inspired by the UK’s priority habitats in the Biodiversity Action Plan: an internationally recognised programme addressing threatened species and habitats.

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The Secret World of Plants