Although this visit is being organized as part of our full course on the History of Botanic Gardens we do have a few extra spaces, but there will be a maximum of 16 people unless there are exceptional circumstances.The full programme can be found at https://historyofbotanicgardens.eventbrite.co.uk
The day is being led by David Marsh, and starts with a visit to the Kew archives for a look at the history of Kew in the 20thc, which is much less well known than the story of the origins of the gardens, or its spectacular 19thc history under William and Joseph Hooker.
In the afternoon we will have a private tour 'behind the scenes' of the Conservation Glasshouses and Nurseries. These are not open to the public but they are where much of the real work of Kew is undertaken. The tour will led by one of the supervisors.
There will also be an opportunity to explore the gardens if you wish.
The day costs £35 but please note that this does not include your admission to Kew.
You may wish to combine the day with coming to the lectures the previous week. [Tues Nov 1st 10.30-1.00] These will look at the earlier history of Kew, and also its role as the powerhouse of imperial and economic botany. Individual classes at the IHR cost £20.... but if you are coming on the visit as well we will you offer a discount of £5, making the cost of the preliminary class and the visit £50.