Kew Gardens' celebration of the orchid returns for its 24th year, this time with a focus on the plant life of Colombia. Kew's Orchid Festival will see the botanical garden's tropical greenhouse bursting with colourful species and in 2019 they will reflect the country’s diverse landscape - from its tropical beaches to its snow-capped mountains.
The Prince of Wales Conservatory will be filled with the sights, smells and sounds of Colombia. Highlights will include a ‘Carnival of Animals’ display depicting a toucan in flight, a hanging sloth and swimming turtles all made up of hundreds of stunning orchids. A cascade of colourful hanging vandas will represent Colombia’s famous rainbow river, Caño Cristalesm and there’ll also be a forest scene with life-sized jaguars.
Don't miss a dazzling display of hundreds of colourful butterflies suspended from the glasshouse ceiling and bright yellow orchids floating over the glasshouse pond depicting the legend of El Dorado. Kew has also enlisted the help of Colombian multi-disciplinary artist, Vanessa Moncayo Gonzaìlez to transform the glasshouse film room into a Bogotá-style cafe where you can grab a cup of tea and take in some colourful street-art style murals.
|Venue name:||Kew Gardens|
Royal Botanic Gardens
|Opening hours:||Mar 27-Aug 29 Mon-Fri 10am-6.30pm, Sat, Sun and bank holidays 10am-7.30pm; Aug 30-Oct 29 daily 10am-6pm; Oct 30-Feb 10 2017 daily 10am-3.45pm; Feb 11-May 25 2017 daily 10am-5.30pm. Closed Dec 24 and 25. (Last entry 30 minutes before closing, some attractions close earlier, check on arrival.)|
|Transport:||Tube: Kew Gardens/Kew Bridge rail|
|Price:||Free with admission price|
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This is amazing. Honestly. I don't know much - if anything - about flowers, but the colours, displays and scents are just beautiful. Not only do you get to view this splendid exhibition but the rest of Kew Gardens as well - banging! Only thing I would recommend is not going on a bitterly cold day as I did as you have to walk from place to place and it just makes you sad in between each segment of art.
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