This article is sponsored by Herbal Essences.
The garden has 2 million visitors a year and is home base for 300 scientists working in over 100 countries. The sprawling park along the River Thames is also home to 19,000 different species of plants.
The ties between the garden and the royal family run deep: In the 18th century, the Kew Palace was a summer cottage for plants enthusiast King George, Queen Charlotte and their 15 children.
Modern royals are no stranger to the gardens either.
"Prince of Wales has actually been into this laboratory," Simmonds said. "He’s walked around ... talked to the scientists."
The research done by Kew scientists has a wide-reaching impact.
In addition to their research in the medical field, Kew scientists are also incorporating their expertise in developing beauty products rooted in plant science.
"Good Morning America" sponsor Herbal Essences is now the first global hair care brand to be endorsed by Kew.
"There are pure plant extracts in the shampoos and they’ve been authenticated by Kew scientists," Botterell said.
Simmonds added that the work they do is "contributing to the natural ingredients from plants that are in Herbal Essences shampoos."