Wednesday 24th March 2021

Escape the UK’s dreary winter weather and step inside a glasshouse filled with vibrant horticultural displays and animated soundscapes, transporting you to the tropics of Central America. Now in its 26th year, Kew Gardens’ annual festival, Orchids, will celebrate the rich and colourful culture of Costa Rica. The route around the Princess of Wales Conservatory will be designed to recreate the country’s landscape, taking you from the southern shores, where the Pacific Ocean laps its world-renowned beaches, to the northern coastline that looks out onto the Caribbean Sea. Along the way, displays will feature native animals – including amphibians, reptiles and insects – all made from plants. A highlight will be the resplendent quetzal, a bird native to Costa Rica and a charismatic symbol for the protection of the country’s forests. Costa Rica’s national flower, the Guarianthe skinneri will be on show, and the central display in the glasshouse pond will be filled with brilliant orange and yellow hues of orchids and bromeliads, to imitate a rising sun. Vibrant displays and accompanying soundscapes will be inspired by flora and fauna of Central America. Enjoy a showcase of RBG Kew’s collaborative scientific projects to protect Costa Rica’s diverse species.


  • Depart 09.30hrs.

  • Ticket: Adult: £38.40, SC: £36.70, Child: £27.00

  • Home 17.30hrs