North American Landscape

Kew at the British Museum

10 May – 25 November 2012

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About the landscape

Travel up from the Florida swamps, through the Missouri prairie to the forests of New England and Canada – all without leaving London.

Wander through the landscape and discover more about the relationships between humans and plants – from Native North Americans to New World encounters and modern conservation projects. Experience the changing landscape throughout the seasons from a carpet of colourful daisies in the summer to spectacular orange and red autumn maple leaves. Other planting includes lupins, echinacea and carnivorous pitcher plants.

The plants of the North American subcontinent have global ecological and economic importance. Utilised by native peoples for thousands of years, many were introduced to Europe following the colonisation of North America in the early 1600s. Grown for their medicinal uses, as food crops and for other economic purposes, some species have also become familiar ornamental garden plants.

This is the fifth landscape on the Museum’s West Lawn created in partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, celebrating a shared vision to strengthen cultural understanding and support biodiversity conservation across the world.

Special events

Drop in to free talks by experts from the British Museum and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, take part in practical workshops, and more. The full programme of events will be available here soon.

Perennial lupin (Lupinus perennis) with a bumblebee.