World's most notorious plants lined up for Kew "intoxication" exhibition

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, will launch an "Intoxication Season" on 20th September exploring the secret history behind mind-altering plants and fungi from the opium poppy to coffee and tobacco.

Kew to place magic mushrooms under the spotlight
Kew to place magic mushrooms under the spotlight

Visitors will discover how plants’ identities have been "manipulated through time" sometimes portrayed as friend, sometimes as foe, when in actuality no plant is inherently a drug, a medicine, or a poison.

The season includes architectural foodsmiths Bompas and Parr who will return to Kew to launch a Plant Connoisseurs’ Club in the Secluded Glasshouse, also an exposition including the tobacco plant and opium poppies in the Princess of Wales Conservatory.

Kew’s Botanical Beverages Bar will teach about plants from hops to juniper, while throughout four Spotlight Weekends, alcohol, cannabis, coffee and magic mushrooms will be looked at in turn.

Guest speakers and experts including Professor David Nutt and Kew’s Professor Monique Simmonds.


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