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Win a pair of tickets to Kew Gardens

Our latest reader competition offers the chance to win one of five pairs of tickets to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Opens March 31, 2020 2:29 pm
Closes April 30, 2020 11:59 am

While the doors to Kew Gardens are currently closed, it’s always worth thinking ahead to when the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew will be reopened to the public.

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We’re offering the chance to win one of five pairs of tickets allowing free entry on one occasion only to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, which are valid up until the end of 2020.

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To enter answer the question in the quiz below.

The closing dates for entries is 11.59pm on 30 April 2020.

The gardens at Kew

As a designated Unesco World Heritage site, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, are home to over 50,000 living plants. In fact, Kew has one of the most diverse collections of living plants of any botanic garden in the world, encompassing plants from tropical, temperate, arid and alpine climates. Enjoy discovering the gardens throughout the seasons with highlights whenever you visit. The Alpine House is a delight in spring with its tiny treasures, or the natural woodland areas aglow with naturalised bulbs. The Mediterranean Garden and King William’s Temple come to life in summer, while the Grass Garden glows in the lowering light of autumn. Not to mention Kew’s historic glasshouses, housing varied displays from around the world.

Exhibitions are held regularly in the gardens’ various spaces and April sees the reopening of Kew Palace, Royal Kitchens and Queen Charlotte’s Cottage, offering a delightful insight into the gardens’ history.

Landmark exhibition Paradise Lost, 4 April – 20 September 2020

The first, UK, solo exhibition by Dutch-born, Mexico-based visual artist Jan Hendrix, Paradise Lost features new works in a number of media that convey the artist’s response to the transformation of Sydney’s Botany Bay. Botany Bay was once beautiful and pristine, teaming with endemic flora and fauna – its name a response to the huge number of plants that were recorded and collected there in 1770 by European botanists sailing on the HMS Endeavour voyage to the South Pacific.  Paradise Lost will explore both the beauty and fragility of the natural world and its deterioration to make way for contemporary human existence. The historical material, collected by Sir Joseph Banks and his companions, is the starting point to Hendrix’s collection of beautiful and thought-provoking art, with added poignancy given Australia’s recent devastating fires. Entry included in entry to the Gardens.


Competition question

Which other famous botanist was aboard HMS Endeavour along with Sir Joseph Banks when they sailed into Botany Bay in 1770?


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