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Welcome to the Wakehurst blog

Wakehurst is home to five national plant collections, extensive woodlands, formal planting and quirky features. It also makes for a great wedding venue. Here you can follow events and stories from around the estate and find out more about the people and plants that make Wakehurst unique.
Common juniper (Juniperus communis)
15th May 2017

Our gin is safe!

The Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst now holds a complete collection of seeds from native juniper trees in the UK.
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Bluebells at Wakehurst
5th May 2017

Bluebells 'on ice'

Bluebells are just one of the many jewels in Wakehurst’s glittering crown. The intense blue flowers that look so pretty ‘en masse’ transform our woodland floors from April right through to the end of May, depending on the weather conditions.
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Still from Ed Ikin's TEDx talk
7th February 2017

My TEDx talk

Wakehurst Head of Landscape and Horticulture Ed Ikin reflects on his TEDx experience where he talked about how botanic gardens can win hearts and minds...

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Mountain in distance
7th February 2017

Italian seed collecting success

Jo Wenham, Plant Propagation and Conservation Unit Manager at Wakehurst, considers the highs and lows of fieldwork.

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Skimmia
21st December 2016

Plant of the week: Skimmia

If you are visiting Wakehurst now is thetime to look out for the Skimmia collection

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Monkey puzzle cone
15th March 2016

Rare monkey puzzles at Wakehurst

Kew horticulturist Jo Wenham reveals the secret life of the monkey puzzle tree, under threat from illegal logging and burning.
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Wildflower meadow
23rd May 2014

Preserving Britain's meadows

Wildflowers, scything and cider – the Meadow’s Festival at Wakehurst has finally arrived. Sarah Cody talks about the Millennium Seed Bank’s mission to restore beauty and biodiversity to the landscape.
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