School visits and Outreach

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.

For more information about our services, you might like to attend one of our Teachers’ Evenings or call 020 7349 6453 for a chat.

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

We welcome groups of home-schooled children with their parents/carers. The ideal maximum group size is 15 children and 12 adults.

Topics we have covered with these groups to date include:

  • Water
  • Perfumes from plants
  • Recycled Sculpture
  • Colour
  • Forensic biology (CSI: Chelsea)
  • Flight
  • Seeds
  • Plants in our lives
  • Lotions and potions
  • Chocolate
  • Shakespearean treasure hunt
  • Plant adaptations

Some of these are taught and led by our own Education team, whereas others require an external freelance tutor, usually at a higher cost than our standard £189 per day.

Most of these workshops begin at 11am and go on until, 3.30pm and are similar in ‘feel’ and content of our Family Activity Day programme

For more information, or to book, please call 020 7349 6453;

Booking a visit

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