Welcome to The Kew Guild

Created in 1893, the Kew Guild is an association that brings together past and present staff from Kew Gardens and Wakehurst. As a member of the Guild, you belong to a network of horticulturists, botanists and mycologists with a wide range of professional experience, offering mentoring, advice and support. 

Chris Kidd, the current president says,

“For more than a century The Kew Guild has been the thread of continuity that binds present staff and students to those who have gone before. The Kew Guild has now grown further, its charitable work reaching throughout RBG Kew and the wider industry. By joining us you help to support this outreach and growth amongst a welcoming group of like-minded and dedicated ‘Kewites’. Welcome to the Kew Guild.” 

The Guild is more than an alumnus body; we are a charitable organisation with an expansive agenda supporting education at Kew and beyond. Our Awards Scheme supports applicants for personal development; we are currently funding the Introduction to Horticulture programme, and our outreach Discovery Days are aimed at hundreds of young people showing career potential in the fields of horticulture and plant related science. 

As well fostering relationships, the Guild keeps members up-to-date with events, allows free access to the gardens* and The Journal of the Kew Guild is posted annually to you, which is an indispensable guide to community activities, exclusive horticultural features and event updates. 

To join: 

*** New Affiliate Membership ***

As part of an exciting five-year plan, the Trustees of the Kew Guild are offering a FREE, one-year Affiliate Membership. This opportunity is open to the whole Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew and Wakehurst) community, from volunteers through to trustees and all incoming staff**. This is a saving of up to £27 on our normal subscription rates. 

We hope that during your free membership year, you will see the benefits of supporting us and wish to join fully from January 2023. 

The President, Chris Kidd, our Patron, HRH Princess Alexandra and the fellow trustees look forward to welcoming you. 

  • For other classes of full membership, please download and complete the Full application form (PDF file). 

Data Protection

Data Protection laws are now in force and Members have received an email explaining our Privacy Policy. We believe we already have consent to email Members about events and activities, learning opportunities, science and horticultural work and outreach into the community but we take your privacy seriously and if you no longer wish to hear from us then you can unsubscribe using the link at the footer of any emails you may receive. 

Photo credit: Maxine Briggs