In 1871, Joseph Dalton Hooker wanted to create a space where new thinking and cutting-edge ideas in the world of horticulture and botany could be discussed by the passionate students studying it. Almost 150 years later, the Kew Mutual Improvement Society (KMIS) is still going strong.
Today, our KMIS is run by an elected first year student. We curate and present a varied programme of public lectures, with no limits to the discussion topics within the realms of botany, conservation and horticulture. Each lecture begins with a brief discussion or Q&A . We are proud to book a wide range of expert to speak on horticulture and science, including authors, researchers, gardeners and conservationists. The modern-day KMIS welcomes both students and professionals, as well as enthusiastic home gardeners and people passionate about the plant and fungal kingdom- all for a remarkably low-cost ticket.