The Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, or London’s Kew Gardens if you’re not from the 1800s, has a fantastic season of events on the science of psychoactive plants that starts on 20th September.
It covers everything from coffee to opium to magic mushrooms and discuss the pharmacology, public policy and ethnobotany of intoxicating plants.
There are a number of installations, exhibitions and events that you can access by paying to get into the gardens as normal, as well as some dedicated talks that require specific tickets.
The full details of the daily talks and films haven’t been announced yet but a few highlights from the published programme seem to be a talk on plant intoxicants in history and culture with the ever-interesting Mike Jay, a living display of mind-altering plants, and a talk on the neuroscience on intoxicating plants.
If you’re going to visit the gardens it’s worth taking a day for it as the tickets are a bit pricey (£15) but as the place is so huge you get good value if you’re there long enough to see plenty of it.
Link to details of Kew’s Intoxication season.