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Plants are not only beautiful and intriguing, they are the basis of all life on Earth. At Kew we work to increase our understanding of plants and fungi as well as promoting the sustainable management of our environment.
Kew, the magazine of the Royal Botanic Gardens, pulls together a fascinating mix of articles that go behind the scenes to explain the immense range of Kew’s work at home and abroad. From horticulture, education, conservation and the environment, to art and history, all features focus on plants and the people who work with them. Among the stories that Kew tells are those about plant-hunting expeditions to remote corners of the world, plant conservation work in many countries, profiles of Kew’s experts, discoveries of new species, and the ways in which people can use the world's plants to improve their lives. The latest news from Kew and the world of plant science, and a diary of events completes the magazine. The contribution of top writers and photographers combined with outstanding design, high production values and editorial quality make Kew a beautiful magazine and a well-respected ambassador for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
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Spring issue - out 8 March
We’ve got some fascinating and revealing features for you in the spring issue of Kew magazine. We go behind the scenes with coffee expert Dr Aaron Davis to find out what the future holds for wild Coffea species in Ethiopia and South Sudan as climate change begins to have an effect on these sensitive species. We ask Aaron what the impact will be on the world's number one agricultural commodity.
Meanwhile, Gail Vines delves into the fascinating history of chocolate (Theobroma cacao) and finds out why conserving the wild relatives of our crops is so important.
We also revel in the season as spring comes to Kew. Wakehurst garden manager, Chris Clennett, takes us on a tour of the wonderful array of Erythronium at Kew and Wakehurst Place. These woodland garden gems are a must for brightening up any shady part of your garden. Chris shows us some of the best and gives us his top tips on how to grow them.
Andrew Jackson, head of Wakehurst Place, reveals some of the ongoing work with local partners in Sussex to conserve a local rarity – the Rapunzel flower (Phyteuma spicatum). Andrew was a finalist in the gardening columnist of the year award at the 2012 Garden Media Guild Awards.
There’s always plenty to see and do at Kew Gardens and Wakehurst, so remember to check out our complete list of events too.
Regular features include
- A round up of Kew news and the latest plant science stories
- All the details of events, lectures, tours and festivals at Kew Gardens and Wakehurst
Take a look inside
- See the full list of contents
- Read the Editor’s letter from the current issue
- Read the Kew magazine Editor's blog
You might also like
- Find out more about the chocolate tree Theobroma cacao
- Discover the work of Kew's tropical America team in Brazil
- Watch Kew's Dr Aaron Davis talk about his work on coffee
- Read the published coffee research paper at PLOS ONE
- Find out more about coffee species
- Watch Kew's film introducing the Breathing Planet Campaign
- Look back at Kew: how to share your photos
- Find out more about ash dieback disease
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Watch the Kew magazine interview with Kew's coffee expert Dr Aaron Davis
Kew magazine at the GMG Awards
Congratulations to Kew magazine writer Rachel Mason Dentinger, who won the New Talent Award from the Garden Media Guild, at a prestigious ceremony in London.
Read the winning articles
Read Rachel's article about the Kew expedition to Harapan, Sumatra
Kew Magazine received the New Writer of the Year award at the 2012 Garden Media Guild Awards. Rachel Mason Dentinger won the award for her three features: The Allure of Dracula, Seeing the Wood for the Trees (see above) and Underground Connections. Many congratulations to Rachel! Kew magazine was also a finalist in the Environment category, the Garden Columnist of the Year category (for Wakehurst View) and Features Photographer of the Year for John Millar's stunning images of David Nash sculptures in The Art of Nature in the autumn issue.
In 2011 Kew magazine won a prestigious Garden Media Guild award for communicating the importance of plants to people. The Plants and Well Being Award was given for Gail Vines' piece Growing your own which appeared in the summer 2011 issue. The feature explores an international Kew project that helps communities through wild plant conservation. Click the link above to read the article, or you can find out more about the MGU Useful Plants Project here.
Another article from the same issue was a finalist in the same category. Flower Power at Chelsea, written by Stephen Anderton, followed the build and purpose of the The Times Eureka Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show, which celebrated useful plants. In the Environment award, Kew magazine was a finalist with Little things mean a lot, from the autumn 2010 issue, where head of Wakehurst Place, Andrew Jackson, explored the conservation of lower plants and celebrated The Francis Rose Reserve at Wakehurst.
Kew magazine was a finalist in the Environment category in 2010 for two features by Carolyn Fry - Desperately Seeking Species (Spring 2010) and Saving a World of Diversity (Summer 2010). It also won two GMG awards in 2008 – for Features Photographer of the Year, and writer in the Environment category.
You can also browse past articles by going to our archive (see the menu on the right).
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