The Palm House at Kew Gardens – venerable, verdant and packed full of Class A drugs… #intoxicatedbyKew

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A new event starts today – 20th September to 12th October – the Intoxication Season –

From everyday to Class A, mind-altering plants and fungi arrive at Kew this autumn.

Explore the secret history behind intoxicating plants and fungi. From the controversial opium poppy to our much-loved everyday cup of coffee, Kew’s expert plant scientists will demonstrate how mind-altering plants can be both medicines and intoxicants.

With activities, workshops, tours and fascinating talks, the season will highlight just how powerful plant chemicals can be. Each weekend will focus on a well-known mind-altering plant, featuring in turn: alcohol,cannabis, coffee and magic mushrooms with guest speakers including Professor David Nutt and Kew’s Professor Simmonds.

Throughout the season foodsmiths Bompas and Parr will be hosting a unique workshop: the ‘Plant Connoisseurs’ Club’ in Kew’s Secluded Garden Glasshouse. The club will explore unfamiliar, yet culturally significant plants. Willing participants will be able try an unusual plant.


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