Horticultural celebrities lining up for Kew literary festival

Kew Gardens has announced the full programme of author events for its inaugural literary festival "Write on Kew".

The Palm House parterre at Kew. Image: RBG Kew
The Palm House parterre at Kew. Image: RBG Kew

From 24 to 28 September the Gardens will welcome world-famous authors and writers from all genres for a series of talks and events.


Richard Mabey - The Cabaret of Plants

Mabey's magnum opus The Cabaret of Plants covers plant species that have challenged our imaginations, awoken our wonder, and upturned ideas about history, science, beauty and belief.

Deborah Moggach and Anna Pavord - Tulip Fever and The Tulip

Tulip Fever, the story of greed, love and betrayal, by Deborah Moggach, will be released as a feature film in 2015. She talks to Anna Pavord, author of The Tulip, about the dizzy rise and fall of tulips as a commodity in 17th century Amsterdam.

James Wong - Grow for Flavour

Combining cutting-edge science with overlooked traditional techniques, gardening writer and ethnobotanist James Wong shows how to increase the flavour of homegrown veg and provides mouth-watering recipes.

Carol Klein - Making a Garden

Plantswoman, author and popular TV presenter Carol Klein shows how to take inspiration from what works in the wild to get the most from every garden, from shady patios to windswept roof terraces.

Adele Nozedar - The Garden Forager

Foraging expert Adele Nozedar believes you need look no further than your own back garden to source many of these culinary delicacies. Here she explores over 40 of the most popular garden plants that have edible, medicinal and even cosmetic potential.

The Flower Appreciation Society: An A–Z of All Things Floral

Anna Day and Ellie Jauncey formed The Flower Appreciation Society when they realised they shared a love of flowers and a frustration with the formal arrangements preferred by many traditional florists. They create relaxed, natural and beautiful bouquets and accessories packed full of seasonal blooms from local markets.

Heather Angel: Pollination Power

Wildlife photographer and author Heather Angel reveals the fascinating stories of plant pollinator interactions behind the stunning images in her new Kew book.

Thomas Pakenham: The Company of Trees

Tree champion Pakenham will talk about his quest to establish his own arboretum, a journey that took him from the spectacular magnolias on the Tibetan border to eastern Patagonia — home to the last remaining giant specimens of the monkey puzzle tree.

Margaret Willes: The Gardens of the British Working Class

Gardening author/historian and enthusiastic gardener Margaret Willes explores working class gardening in Britain. Covering a period of four centuries, she unearths stories of ingenious cultivation by the workforces and shows how the art of gardening blossomed even in the most deprived of conditions.

Michael McCarthy and Katharine Norbury: The Moth Snowstorm and The Fish Ladder

Environment writer Michael McCarthy's latest book The Moth Snowstorm is a passionate, highly personal defence of our threatened world, while Katharine Norbury's debut The Fish Ladder is a lyrical account of the author's journey following a river from the sea to its source.

Programme timetable and tickets are available from www.kew.org. Adult tickets: advance £15, on the day £18. Children's tickets (requiring their own seat): advance price £7, on the day £10.

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