Intoxication Season: Mind Altering Plants and Fungi

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Nathan Pask ('Heinz Portrait')
'Heinz Portrait'
Bompass & Parr ('Fruit Salad')
'Fruit Salad'
 (Botanical bar)
Botanical bar
Alexander Viazmensky ('Amanita Muscaria')
'Amanita Muscaria'

© Shirley Sherwood Collection

 ('Ricinus Communis')
'Ricinus Communis'
Marianne North ('Papaver Somniferum')
'Papaver Somniferum'

© RBG Kew

Marianne North ('Nicotiana Tabacum')
'Nicotiana Tabacum'

© RBG Kew

Mind-altering substances hold a special fascination for many people - and what could be better than having the botanical experts at Kew to explain them? The Intoxication Season will explore everything from the opium poppy to coffee, alcohol and tobacco, with the same substance at one moment seen as medicine, another as poison. Food experimentalists Bompas and Parr will host the Plant Connoisseurs' Club in the Secluded Glasshouse, where participants (over-18s only) are invited to try unusual plants. There will also be the chance to learn about notorious plants in the Princess of Wales Conservatory, and the four Spotlight Weekends focus in turn on alcohol, cannabis, coffee and magic mushrooms, with talks and workshops led by experts including Professor David Nutt and the Gardens' own Professor Monique Simmonds. For the full programme, see


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