Become a Kew Patron

Kew Patrons will help us achieve our ambitious plans to protect and save the world’s most precious resource – our irreplaceable plant kingdom.

Fountain at Kew

The sculpture of Hercules wrestling the river-god Achelous was added to the Palm House Pond in 1963, having been moved from Windsor Castle.

Kew Patrons


For further information on becoming a Patron of Kew please call 020 8332 3238 or email

We would be delighted to talk with you about becoming a Patron.

The botanic Gardens at Kew and Wakehurst are the visible, tangible evidence of our work, with their spectacular and globally diverse living collections. However, much of Kew's innovative scientific and conservation work takes place behind the scenes.

With plant species fast disappearing, we are using our expertise and the information held in our collections to gain a better understanding of the changing world, and guiding decisions about where to focus conservation efforts.

Over the past 250 years, Kew has developed as a global hub for botanic research and collections. This work is vital for the survival of all life on earth but our current resources are not enough. Will you make a commitment to Kew’s work by becoming a Patron? 

Your chance to become part of the Kew story

By making an annual contribution of £1,000 or more you will provide essential funding for global plant conservation, science and research, Kew's horticulture and historic landscape, its botanical art collection and iconic heritage buildings. In appreciation of your generosity, you will enjoy:

  • a special relationship with the plant science and horticultural experts at Kew
  • an annual tailor-made programme of exclusive behind the scenes events
  • access to Kew's horticulture advice line.
Wakehurst Place Director's Summer Party 2011. Professor Stephen Hopper, Director of Kew and Francis Maude, MP, address Patrons and guests at the annual party. Guests saw behind-the-scenes at the Millennium Seed Bank and met the scientists and staff.

There are three levels of Patron, and you can choose to pay annually or with installments available by Direct Debit

Kew Patron - £1,000 per annum

Kew Patrons enjoy:

  • unlimited free admission to Kew and Wakehurst for you and a family member
  • programme of exclusive Kew Patrons’ events
  • annual reception with the Curator of the Gardens
  • invitation to an annual Garden Party
  • a dedicated horticultural advice line
  • award winning Kew magazine
  • acknowledgement in Kew publications and website.

Joseph Banks Patron - £5,000 per annum

In addition, Joseph Banks Patrons also enjoy:

  • programme of exclusive Joseph Banks Patrons’ events
  • invitation to the annual Joseph Banks Patrons’ dinner
  • access to Kew’s experts.

Joseph Banks Premier Patron - £10,000 per annum

In addition, Joseph Banks Premier Patrons also enjoy:

  • lunch with the Director of Kew, Professor Stephen D Hopper FLS
  • private tour of Kew Gardens or Wakehurst for friends or family members. 

Join now

You can join now by setting up a Direct Debit, with annual, quarterly or monthly payments.

Become a Patron by Direct Debit | Download the Patrons membership form (pdf)

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How you are helping

Expedition to remote coastal areas

Join Kew experts on an expedition to Central America

10 Nov 2011
Discover the remotest corners of Central America and the Caribbean with Kew scientists on a small expedition ship. An amazing discovery and adventure opportunity for members and Friends of Kew.


Kew Patrons take tour of the Conservation Biotechnology Laboratory

15 Sep 2011
Kew Patrons go behind the scenes for an exclusive tour of Kew’s innovative conservation laboratory and get a glimpse of some of the world’s most endangered plants.


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