Lovely as a Tree

An exhibition on the culture of trees explored through our collections

Poster for exhibition showing Schomburgk's watercolour of a Mora tree

Open Tuesdays to Fridays, 10am to 5pm, until 28 June 2024.

Join us for our Late Opening of the exhibition, 5pm-8pm on Friday 15 March.

In this exhibition, we explore the use and representation of trees through our collections. We look at how trees are represented in natural history illustration, iconic trees, economic botany, and the exploitation of trees. Rare books, manuscripts, specimens, artefacts, photographs, and original art help to tell the story of our relationship with trees.

This exhibition also complements a one-day conference organised collaboratively between Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Linnean Society of London. The conference, Tree Cultures: Words, Woods and Well-Being, will be held on 29 February 2024.

"I think that I shall never see / A poem lovely as a tree." Trees by Joyce Kilmer (1913)

The exhibition is open to the public Tuesdays to Fridays, 10am to 5pm, from 16 January to 28 June 2024.