Visitors and flower enthusiasts have been invited to celebrate the 25th annual Kew orchid festival, which takes place between February and March.
The festival, from February 8 to March 8, will highlight the incredible wildlife and vibrant culture of Indonesia, which has an archipelago of more than 17,504 islands, including Java, Borneo, Sulawesi, Papua and Bali.
Indonesia’s landscape is as diverse as the flora and fauna that inhabit it, from tropical forests to spectacular volcanoes.
Kew has worked closely with the Indonesian Embassy in London to bring Indonesia’s rich culture to life at the festival.
Rizal Sukma, Indonesian ambassador to the United Kingdom, H. E. said: “Through the orchid festival, I hope visitors can have a wonderful trip experiencing magnificent Indonesia. In addition to its flora, Indonesia is rich in biodiversity, wildlife, nature and culture, which will be beautifully displayed at this festival. ”
Upon entering the Princess of Wales Conservatory, visitors will be transported to a fascinating paradise that evokes some of the sights, smells and sounds of Indonesia.
To glimpse the wonders of this vast region, the Kew orchid festival will be an immersive journey through the different areas of the greenhouse, where visitors will find spectacularly beautiful orchid exhibits, each of which represents an aspect of wildlife and Indonesian culture.
There will also be life-size animals decorated with hundreds of tropical flowers, in celebration of the rich diversity of wildlife in Indonesia.
The bright orange orangutans, a crouching tiger and a rhino are just some of the creatures that will star in the show, as well as an erupting volcano, created from orchids, will form a spectacular display in the central pond.
During the festival there will also be an exciting program of specially selected night events.
Kew is a world leader in plant and fungus science and this year’s festival will also show part of its innovative work with collaborators in Indonesia to help identify, protect and promote the country’s biodiversity.
Working with their counterparts in the field, Kew scientists are making intrepid field trips to discover new plants, help conservation efforts and promote sustainable development.