We can visit your school with an assortment of plants, artefacts, animals and other resources? The Education Department can now come to your school to speak at assemblies and run tailor-made workshops throughout the day.

The topics we have already taught in this way are: Plants that poison and cure, 17th Century medicine, Shelf Life, Animals and plants in the local environment, ‘Literacy in the landscape’, Materials, Olympic Plant Wreaths, biomimicry, well-being, properties of materials, nature-inspired art.  For more information, or to book, please call 020 7349 6453; Email: [email protected]

Booking a visit

  • Bookings for school visits can be made for Mondays to Fridays during school hours.
  • Visits can be for a whole day (typically 10am-2.30pm) or for half a day (10am-12pm/12.30pm-2.30pm).
  • Lunches can be eaten in our classroom or, on fine days, outdoors on the Lawn.
  • To book a visit, please call the Education Department on 020 7349 6453; Email: [email protected]
  • N.B. Please book early for your chosen school date as available slots fill up quickly and well in advance. For example, by mid-November 2016, we were fully booked for that academic year.
Half Day
Full Day
£5.50 per student*
£7 per student*
Outreach Package 
Where we visit your school
Teacher Training (CPD)
£45 per teacher
£90 per teacher
*Minimum charge as for 20 students.

Please note: Teachers are required to come for a preliminary/planning visit to see the Garden, discuss the activities, make sure they fit the chosen topic(s) and to see the layout of the Garden and its facilities before making a booking. To see a typical day’s timetable for a primary school visit, click here, and note that we are flexible and can tailor a day to your requirements.

A Risk Assessment for educational visits can be downloaded here (PDF/33Kb)

 Learning Topics

A typical educational visit can include a selection of the topics listed below and is usually cross-curricular. All visits tend to include a general tour of the Garden and glasshouses, self-led activities, botanical art and artefact handling and the opportunity for each student to plant a seed and take it away. We can also help you to create personalised workshops, so please contact us if your chosen topic is not mentioned below.

Frequently requested Key Stage 1 topics:

  • Properties of materials
  • Plant & animal lifecycles
  • Plant requirements and care of plants
  • Seeds and seed dispersal
  • Seasonal changes
  • Plants in the local environment
  • Patterns, shapes and sizes – variety
  • Plants and us
  • Rainforests
  • Pond natural history
  • Compost – invertebrates and decomposition
  • The senses

Frequently requested Key Stage 2 topics:

  • Plant adaptations
  • Terrestrial & aquatic food chains
  • Improving the environment/citizenship
  • Art
  • Chocolate
  • Numeracy & literacy in the landscape
  • Design and technology
  • Plant & animal life-cycles
  • Flower  dissection
  • Pollution and how to monitor it
  • Sorting and classifying
  • Plants and us
  • History (plant hunters, traditional uses of plants, garden history)
  • Flowering, pollination, seed dispersal, germination & growth
  • SATs revision
  • Plants and medicine
  • Ecology – pond, compost, plant
  • Micro-organisms
  • Climate change

Topics for secondary schools and colleges:

  • Geography
  • Art and design
  • Citizenship
  • Medicinal plants and plant poisons
  • History
  • Science
  • Design & Technology (and bio-mimicry)
  • Literacy
  • Maths in nature
  • Photography
  • Dyes – a practical workshop
  • Botanical Latin
  • Climate Change
  • Forensic biology