If you’re sick and tired of the winter blues and are desperately seeking signs of spring, Kew Gardens have got you covered with the return of their adored Orchid Festival, set to transform this beloved botanical garden into a tropical paradise for the remainder of the season.
Boasting one of the biggest botanical collections in the world, this annual celebration of the vibrant flora is running from February 3 – March 3 2023, with this year’s iteration inspired by the natural beauty and biodiversity of Madagascar.
As in previous years, the Orchid Festival takes inspiration from countries where the flower naturally blooms and thrives. Previous displays paid homage to countries including Brazil, India, Thailand, Costa Rica, as well as last year’s dedication to Cameroon.
With Madagascar finally getting the Kew Gardens treatment, you can expect a plethora of fabulous things to do that pay homage to the island’s wildlife, agriculture, culture, and beyond.
As for the world-famous displays, prepare to be blown away by the intricate giraffe weevils, or the ring-tailed lemurs dangling in the trees above you, all masterfully arranged with vibrant orchids and plants of every colour, shape, and size.
Plus, you get access to a fantastic photography exhibition that’ll be on display throughout the festival, with photographs by Tina Waibel. The Malagasy photographer is known for her rural photography, capturing the lives of people she meets across the country and the world, with this exhibition rightfully honing in on Madagascan life and lives.
And if that wasn’t enough, visitors can even experience a taste of Malagasy dishes curated by Malagasy chef Lilia Andrianavony of Lilia’s Kitchen, including coconut chicken, and a slow-braised beef cooked in ginger and Malagasy spice.
There’s all that and so much more at this year’s Orchid Festival, so be sure to get your tickets for this unmissable wintertime celebration.
The Orchid Festival is set to be a delight for the senses, guaranteed to brighten up what’s left of winter. And remember, what’s good for the ‘gram is good for the soul, so be sure to snap up those pictures and tag us on socials!
The Orchid Festival runs between February 3 and March 3, 2024. Kew Gardens can be found in Richmond, TW9 3AB, and the nearest station is Kew Gardens. Tickets are available here.
Also published on Medium.