Kew Gardens' Beautiful Orchid Festival Returns In February

Kew Gardens' Beautiful Orchid Festival Returns In February
Orchids at Kew Gardens
Orchids, and plenty of them

We may still be knee-deep in Christmas lights and festive sandwiches, but over at Kew Gardens they're already thinking about 2020 — particularly, next year's Orchid Festival.

The stunning floral display explodes into life in the steamy Princess of Wales Conservatory every February, adding a much-needed splash of tropical colour to the chilly London winter.

For 2020, the festival is themed on Indonesia for the first time, a region that's home to 4,000 different orchid species, with exhibits and activities inspired by Indonesian plants and wildlife.

A Kew expert puts the finishing touches to the 2019 festival.

Bright orange orangutans, a crouching tiger and a rhinoceros all made from flowers are hidden around the conservatory, representing wildlife from Java, Borneo, Sulawesi and some of the other 17,000 islands which make up Indonesia.

An erupting volcano made from orchids forms a dramatic central pond display and elsewhere, a floral archway makes for an excellent photo opportunity.

The 2019 festival was beautiful

Kew is taking the opportunity to celebrate all aspects of Indonesian culture, in association with the Indonesian Embassy in London — with music, dance and food from the region forming part of the half term events programme. The conservatory also stays open late on selected evenings for Indonesian entertainment, and chances to hear from Kew's orchid experts.

Take a look at the 2019 festival — themed on Colombia — for an idea of what to expect:

And here's 2018 and 2017 too.

Kew Gardens Orchid Festival 2020. 8 February-8 March. Entry is included in the price of admission to the Gardens, but you'll need to book a timeslot in advance. Orchids After Hours events take place on 13, 14, 26, 27 February and 5, 6 March 2020, 6.30pm-10pm. Tickets must be bought online in advance

Last Updated 27 November 2019