Kew's Summer Festival: Incredible Edibles
Until Sun Nov 3
Tom Hare's sculptures in Kew Gardens © RGB Kew
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Time Out says
Mon Jan 14 2013
Kew’s festival, which began in the summer, changes with the seasons and now ventures into its autumn phase, highlighting the extraordinary diversity of edible plants at the Royal Botanic Gardens.
There’s a focus on fungi with Tom Hare’s Fungi Fairy Ring – gigantic mushroom scuttles made of woven willow that tower up to 4 metres tall along the Broadwalk.
There are daily walking tours uncovering the mellow fruitfulness abundant in the gardens (staring noon from Victoria Plaza), which includes hundreds of pumpkins along the Broadwalk and a 4-metre-high pyramid of squashes in the Waterlily House. The focus on gourds continues with pumpkin carving (outside the Waterlily House at half term (Oct 26-Nov 3, 11am-3.30pm), as well as Halloween face painting for kids (in the Climbers and Creepers area on the same dates as above).
The Global Kitchen Garden, on the Great Lawn opposite Kew Palace, features more than 90 edible plants from around the globe – including grape vines and pomegranate and olive trees – along with stories about their origins and cultural heritage. Coffee connoisseurs should head for the Princess of Wales Conservatory, where there’s a chance to see a coffee plantation and learn about the 100 species of coffee now known to science.
Kew Gardens Kew Rd
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020 8332 5655
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- Opening hours:
Gardens: daily 9.30am-5.30pm; Mar 31-Aug 26 until 6.30pm Mon-Fri (until 7.30pm Sat, Sun, bank hols); until 4.15pm in winter; Glasshouses and Galleries close 30 mins earlier. Last entry 30 mins before closing
Tube: Kew Gardens; Rail: Kew Bridge
£16, £14, concs, children (under 17) free; (Mar 28-Sep 29 2013: includes entry to Kew Palace)
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- Date Time Price information
Fri May 31Incl with Kew admission (£16, £14 concs, under-17s free)