Royal Botanic Gardens Kew announces summer events

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew has announced its summer line-up of events that form part of its 250th anniversary celebrations.

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) site has been one of the mainstays in global horticulture for a quarter of a millennium and recently stated it plans to exist for at least another two and a half centuries.

Curator Nigel Taylor explained there has never been a better time to visit the London gardens.

"Our 250th celebrations are well under way and there is a lot on offer at Kew this summer," he said.

Part of those festivities involves gardeners being able to learn about the first ten years of the Millennium Seed Bank.

The facility safeguards more than 1.5 billion seeds from ten per cent of the worlds flowering species.

Another attraction will be the rose garden, which is currently being replanted to match the original 1848 design by landscaper William Nesfield.

It will feature Rosa Kew Gardens – a specially grown white and yellow-flowering thornless rose dedicated to the site.

Gardeners will be able to take the plant back home from October, when it goes on sale.

RHS recently revealed the opening day of its Chelsea Flower Show, which will feature three "credit crunch gardens", has already sold out.