Visitor maps for Kew Gardens and Wakehurst

Client: Agenda Design/Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew | 2019-2020 | Adobe Illustrator
The communications agency Agenda Design commissioned me to create the artwork for their new visitor maps for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and its sister garden, Wakehurst in Haywards Heath, Sussex. Both maps are for use by the public, on display on information boards at their respective gardens and available in smaller formats in pamphlets. As well as clearly showing entrances, roads, paths and the locations of all the various buildings, gardens and other key features, the maps include brand new features including the recently rebuilt Pavilion Bar and Grill at Kew, and new landscaping and footpaths at Wakehurst. Both maps took just under a year to complete.

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Kew Gardens

The full original map artwork for Kew Gardens, drawn entirely using Adobe Illustrator.

The annotated version of the map, with text and symbols added by Agenda Design with some small edits to the appearance of the roads and pathways to make them clearer at a smaller scale. Note: this is an early draft of the final version that is now available to the public.

Detail of the Temperate House

Close-up detail of the Temperate House architecture

Detail of the Great Pagoda

Detail of Queen Charlotte's Cottage

Detail of the Woodland House

Detail of the Treetop Walkway

Detail of King William's Temple and the Mediterranean Garden

Detail of the Temperate House Gate, Marianne North and Shirley Sherwood Galleries

Detail of the Lion Gate

Detail of the Victoria Gate, the main entrance area and café building.

Detail of the Botanical restaurant building and the Temple of Aeolus

Detail of the Palm House and surrounding ornamental gardens

Close-up detail of the Palm House architecture

Detail of the Broadwalk flower beds and The Hive sculpture by Wolfgang Buttress

Close-up detail of The Hive

Detail of the Princess of Wales Conservatory and the adjoining Rock Garden and Davies Alpine House

Detail of the Elizabeth Gate, Herbarium and Library

Detail of the Orangery, Nash Conservatory and Sir Joseph Banks Building.

Detail of Kew Palace, its gardens and neighbouring buildings.

Wakehurst

The full original map artwork for Wakehurst, also drawn entirely using Adobe Illustrator.

The annotated version of the map, with text and symbols added by Agenda Design with some small edits to the appearance of the pathways.

Detail of the central section of the gardens, including the Mansion, the Stables Kitchen, Millennium Seed Bank and the Asian Heath Garden

Detail of the western section of the gardens, including the entrance to the Loder Valley Nature Reserve, Westwood Lake and the Himalayan Glade

Detail of the northern section of the gardens, including the Rock Walk, Coates Wood and the Tree Trunk Trek

Detail of the Mansion, Stables Kitchen and part of the Walled Garden

Detail of the Millennium Seed Bank complex

Detail of the main entrance car park and Visitor Centre

Detail of the path through Coates Wood and the Tree Trunk Trek.