The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, invites visitors to immerse themselves in the art, plants and culture of Japan with a brand-new autumn festival.
The Japan festival will be in Kew’s majestic Temperate House, the world’s largest surviving Victorian glasshouse. Creating stunning horticultural displays including a contemporary response to a Japanese garden showcasing native plants, including grasses, shrubs and trees as well as the magnificent Chrysanthemum, Japan’s national flower. An emotive, immersive soundscape will be heard throughout the Temperate House capturing the harmonious natural sounds of the rivers and waterfalls of Kagoshima, and thel atmospheric soundscapes from the Cedar mountains of Gifu and bird calls set across the waves of the Philippine Sea.
Enjoy the tradition of Momijigari, which is the Japanese custom of autumn leaf hunting, visiting areas where leaves have changed into spectacular yellows, reds and burnt orange. A Momijigari trail across the Gardens will encompass the areas of stunning autumn foliage of Kew’s 14,000 strong tree collection, as well as Japanese landmarks such as Chokushi-Mon, the Japanese Garden, and the Minka House.
There is a refreshment stop on the outward journey at Chessington Garden Centre.