After successfully reopening its gardens at Kew Gardens and Wakehurst on 1 June, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew has announced the reopening of its glasshouses which have remained closed to the public under government guidance.
From Saturday 4 July, Kew Gardens’ world-famous glasshouses welcome visitors. Highlights include the Palm House, Temperate House, Waterlily House, and the Princess of Wales Conservatory. The Hive, the installation that recreates life inside a beehive, will also reopen.
Limited routes and one-way systems will help to ensure visitors and staff remain safe. At Wakehurst in Sussex, visitors will be able to visit the Millennium Seed Bank – including the Surviving or Thriving exhibition – and enjoy woodland walks and spectacular meadows.
Kew Gardens has been gradually opening shopping spaces to visitors in the past few weeks, and this will continue to expand in July, alongside the reopening of restaurants and cafés at both sites in a way that conforms with government guidance, and is practical to implement. The Children’s Garden and art galleries will not be reopening at this time, but this will follow in due course.
A bespoke botanical sculpture – created by the winning duo from the acclaimed Netflix television programme, ‘The Big Flower Fight’ – will also be on display in August.
Richard Barley, director of horticulture, learning and operations at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew says: “We are delighted that after a smooth reopening of the outdoor spaces on June 1, we can now offer the full RBG Kew experience to our visitors and members as government guidance allows us to safely reopen our beautiful glasshouses and other indoor spaces. We have systems to ensure a safe and welcoming experience for people of all ages.
“We can’t wait to invite visitors to make the most of our UNESCO World Heritage site and unrivalled plant collections by journeying around the world, within the safety of our walls. Given many holiday plans are on hold, we want to offer visitors a chance to experience the next best thing; to discover the beauty and diversity of the earth’s flora, including some of my favourite spots at Kew such as the exquisitely fragrant Rose Garden and the Agius Evolution Garden.”