Visitors and flower enthusiasts have been invited to celebrate Kew's 25th annual Orchid Festival which takes place between February and March.

The festival, from February 8 and March 8 will highlight the incredible wildlife as well as the vibrant culture of Indonesia which boasts an archipelago of more than 17,504 islands including Java, Borneo, Sulawesi, Papua and Bali.

Indonesia’s landscape is as diverse as the flora and fauna that inhabit it, from tropical rainforests to spectacular volcano's.

Kew has worked closely with the Indonesian Embassy in London to bring to life some of Indonesia’s rich culture at the festival.

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Rizal Sukma, the Ambassador of Indonesia to the UK, H. E. said“Through the orchid festival, I hope that visitors can have a wonderful journey experiencing the magnificent Indonesia. As well as its flora, Indonesia is rich in biodiversity, wildlife, nature and culture which will be beautifully displayed in this festival.”

Stepping into the Princess of Wales Conservatory, visitors will find themselves transported to an entrancing paradise evoking some of the sights, smells and sounds of Indonesia.

To capture a glimpse of the wonders of this vast region, the orchid festival at Kew will be an immersive journey through the different zones of the glasshouse, where visitors will find spectacularly beautiful orchid displays which each represent an aspect of Indonesian wildlife and culture.

There will also be life-sized animals decorated with hundreds of tropical flowers, in celebration of Indonesia’s rich diversity of fauna.

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Bright orange orangutans, a crouching tiger and a rhinoceros are just some of the creatures that will star in the show - as well as, an erupting volcano, created from orchids will form a dramatic central pond display.

During festival there will also be an exciting programme of specially curated evening events.

Kew is a global leader in plant and fungal science and this year’s festival will also showcase some of its ground-breaking work with collaborators in Indonesia to help identify, protect and promote the country’s biodiversity.

Working with their counterparts on the ground, Kew’s scientists are undertaking intrepid field trips to discover new plants, aid conservation efforts, and promote sustainable development.