This exhibition is a sweet-filled dream

A plant like landscape made from pastel sweets.

When you think of Kew Gardens, chances are the first thing that comes to mind is those beautiful tropical greenhouses. But actually, Kew is home to an amazing contemporary exhibition space called the 
Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art. 

Till 5th March 2023 it will be home to Pip & Pop's (aka Australian artist Tanya Schultz's) When Flowers Dream exhibition. This joyful space is a feast for the eyes – with sweets turned into an absolutely dreamy landscape. Wouldn't it be the perfect setting for a kids show? It definitely reminded me of some of the ones I watched growing up!

While this landscape is undoubtedly the star of the show, everything else is marvellous, too. I particularly loved the candy mobiles you see on entry that sparkle in the light. There's also a gorgeous wallpaper I'd like to steal for my place.

A kaleidoscope-style pastel print

I'm not usually a fan of video art, but I loved the installation there. It reminded me a lot of the amazing prints in Alexander McQueen's final Atlantis collection so I wouldn't be surprised if that was an inspiration.

While you're there, make sure you pop over to the Marianne North gallery that's literally just next door. There you'll find a collection of stunning botanical illustrations by the famous Victorian biologist that are a real feast for the eyes. You'll also find yourself near one of my favourite spots, The Japanese Garden which is always worth a visit but especially so in Autumn.

A mobile made of pastel sweets

Want to visit? Here's the deets

How to get there

The closest station is Kew Gardens which is only about five minutes away from Victoria Gate (the main entrance). But you can also go to Kew Bridge station and enter via the Elizabeth Gate.

Parking is available – see their website for more info.

You can also cycle but bicycles aren't permitted in the garden but you'll find racks by each of the four main gates to stow it away safely.


Note: to get the best price book 48 hours before you go. I've shown this price first. Blue light card holders go free and they are now classifying a young person as 16-29.

Adult: £16.50/£21.45
Young person (16-29) or student: £9.35/£9.90
Child (4-15): £5.50
Blue light card: Free, use a discount code found on the app

These are just some of the prices listed on their website, please click here to see a full list and all concessions.


Opening times

Last entry to the gallery is at 5pm with a 12pm opening on the first Monday of every month.

Kew Gardens opening times*: 

Weekdays: 10am - 7pm (last entry 6pm)
Weekends: 10am - 8pm (last entry 7pm)

*Please make sure you check their site as these will vary depending on time of year.


Both galleries mentioned in this post have wheelchair access.

Mobility scooters are available but must be booked in advance by calling their visitor information office: 0208 332 5655. You can also bring your own if it's a pavement-use mobility scooter limited to 4mph. Wheelchairs are available with no booking needed.

There are accessible toilets around all of the main attractions at Kew.

Do check their website for their full accessibility guide

A beautiful pastel wallpaper design with various tropical fruits and flowers.

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