School visits

School visits

Educational visits for all Key Stages (and EYFS) can be arranged to suit a wide range of Garden related topics and the needs of your students. With this ‘tailor-made’ approach, we can provide you and your class with a unique, valuable and affordable educational experience from £5.50 per student. To view a typical day’s timetable for a primary school visit, click here. More information is available at how to book a school visit.

We are now fully booked for the academic year 2016-2017 and are now taking bookings for September 2017 onwards (for both school visits to us and outreach)
If you’d like to be put on our waiting list please email, stating the name of your school, number and age of students, topic and ideal date(s)

For more information about our services, you might like to attend one of our Teachers’ Evenings

Outreach Package for schools and colleges

Would you like us to 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, well-being, properties of materials, nature-inspired art.  For more information, or to book, please call 020 7349 6453;

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: Please note: please book early for your chosen school date as available slots fill up quickly and well in advance. For example, by mid-January 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 is for 20 students

Please note: Teachers are required to come for a preliminary 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