About Us

The Kew Mutual Improvement Society was founded by Joseph Dalton Hooker in 1871, with the aim of providing students of botany and horticulture with the opportunity to broaden their understanding of a wide range of subjects relating to the profession.  With time, it also became an invigorating space for horticultural conversation where experts from across the field could come together to share their passion. 

We are a nonprofit student run organisation based in Kew Gardens. Our goal is to reach as broad an audience as possible and this is reflected in the diversity of speakers and topics this season’s programme contains.  

The primary aims of the series are to educate people in fields of horticulture and botany, delivering information on their diversity and impact. Focus is on the power of horticulture and plants to deliver positive change on both a personal and environmental level.  We aim to break through the stereotypes of the industry, creating an inclusive space in which we can share the beauty and diversity of what we do. 

Lectures include insights into how gardens and green spaces run behind the scenes, environmental projects, and cutting-edge research. They also cover a range of topics from vegetable growing, keeping houseplants, community projects, and some of the country's most beautiful gardens and green spaces. There is something in there for everyone, whether you are a professional in the industry, a student, a keen amateur, or just curious to discover more about how you can bring plants and nature into your own lives.