About RBG Kew

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a world leading plant institution and we have been exploring the natural world for over 260 years, to discover, understand and protect the incredible plants and fungi that fill our planet. In our botanic gardens at Kew and Wakehurst, Kew experts have amassed a vast amount of knowledge about the benefits of plants, from how to grow them to detailed understanding of their relationships, traits and uses. Kew has over 350 scientists who are dedicated to studying plants and fungi, documenting and protecting plants, which sustain all life on earth.

Our mission is simple. We want to understand and protect plants and fungi for the wellbeing of people and the future of the planet. We believe that the answers to world’s most pressing issues, from health to climate change or food security, can be found in the natural world.

About our collections

Our collections includes both living and preserved specimens. Kew Gardens boasts the most diverse collection of living plants at any botanic garden in the world. Our magnificent collection contains plants from tropical, temperate and alpine climates.

With over 8.5 million items, we house the largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world. The Herbarium contains around seven million preserved plant specimens collected over the last two hundred years. Within the vaults of the Millennium Seed Bank (MSB) is the Seed Collection, which represents the greatest concentration of living seed-plant diversity on Earth. Many of the plants in our collection, living and preserved, are sadly extinct in the wild, which makes our collection incredibly important for science and conservation.