Caretaker of the Earth



Follow Gnomus the giant gnome around the Temperate House as he shares stories about the amazing plant collection inside. Daily from May through to September 2018.

Daily from 26 May to 3 June, and from 21 July to 2 September.

Venue: The Temperate House.

Meet Gnomus, a giant puppet who will lead you on a story-filled adventure through the world’s temperate lands.

The last survivor of an ancient race, Gnomus is a font of knowledge. As ‘caretaker of the Earth‘, he’s emerged from his underground home to check on the plants at the Temperate House.

In a gift to Kew, Gnomus is sharing special stories that show children how important it is to value and learnabout some of the world’s rarest and most endangered species. 

Performances will last 15 minutes. Please check times at the gate upon arrival into the gardens.

Creative Team:

Ivan Thorley- Puppets with GUTS- Artistic Director / Creative Producer

Nick Barnes Puppets- Designer

Andrew Dawson- Director

Andrew McCaldon- Writer

Alison Alexander- Costume Designer

Charlie Tymms, Maia Kirkman-Richards, Oli Simonon, Seb Mayer, Jo May, Caroline Bowman- Puppet Makers

Consultant Producer- Robin Morley

Consultant Director- Claire Rafferty

Supported By

Originally commission for the BBC Learning Department for the BBC Proms Ten Pieces 2017 and recommissioned for Kew Gardens in 2018.