This year’s festival will feature giant floral displays created using exotic orchids, decorative rickshaws, Indian soundscapes

Kew Gardens Orchids Festival: Celebrating India’s vibrant orchids

Archana Venkatraman

Kew Gardens celebrates Orchids Festival from February 4th 2017 to March 5th 2017. This year’s festival will celebrate India’s vibrant plants and their place in Indian culture, tradition and medicine. Orchid arts at Kew include Indian flag, elephants and peacock creations and even Indian-inspired cuisine in the Orangery restaurant.

Kew getting an Indian-inspired makeover for Orchids Festival
Kew getting an Indian-inspired makeover for Orchids Festival

Through the 2017 festival, visitors can learn and celebrate how plants are used in India and Indian culture in worship, medicine, and everyday life.

Stunning floral displays - Elephant and Peacock - celebrating Indian orchids at Kew Gardens Orchids Festival
Stunning floral displays - Elephant and Peacock - celebrating Indian orchids at Kew Gardens Orchids Festival

Inspired by the vibrant colours, culture and magnificent plant life of India, this year’s festival will feature giant floral displays created using exotic orchids, decorative rickshaws, Indian soundscapes, films and much more, Kew Gardens website reads.

Visitors can see elephants and peacocks created from exotic foliage and tropical plants, Vanda orchids hanging delicately from the ceiling surround a beautiful traditional Indian marriage swing and a giant floral pond display marrying together tradition and modern culture.

The highlights of Kew Gardens Orchids Festival include: 

  • Spectacular floral displays including a giant Indian flag created from cut flowers
  • Film screenings in the Princess of Wales Conservatory film room
  • Hands-on sessions with our volunteer guides
  • Fascinating stories from Kew explainers 
  • Indian-inspired dishes in the Orangery restaurant
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