Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew hosts Tropical Extravaganza to celebrate biodiversity

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew will host a special orchid and bromeliad event called Tropical Extravaganza.

Running from 6 February to 7 March, the event will take place in the Princess of Wales Conservatory and kick’s off Kew’s Year of Biodiversity, a year long programme of events celebrating the importance of plants in the UN’s International Year of Biodiversity.

The event will feature an island made of orchids and tropical plants with diverse colours and shapes. It will include plants like Miltassias, Dendrobiums and Prosthechea cochleata.

On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays during the exhibition, visitors will be able to tour the orchid nurseries in the Tropical Nursery, an area usually closed to the public.

Kew’s orchid experts will be available to offer advice on how to grow tropical plants.

Throughout the festival there will be a tropical food display in the Secluded Garden Glasshouse which is open to the public on Wednesdays and Sundays, 2pm-4pm.

And the book Growing Windowsill Orchids will be on special offer at £3.50 to mark the occasion.

 

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