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An amazing new project is taking place to redesign the Broad Walk

Fri, 2015-03-06 16:30

Kew is embarking on a major new project to create the longest double herbaceous borders in the UK. Stretching for over 300 metres along either side of the Broad Walk from the Orangery to the Palm House Pond, these borders will be planted with swathes of vibrant summer flowering perennials, grasses and bulbs to form a spectacular new horticultural feature. Selected plants from Kew’s botanical collections will also be incorporated into the planting design. The first phase of this project is the resurfacing of the Broad Walk path with a resin bound gravel surface, edged with brick.

Science and technology committee hearing for Kew's £5 million 'budget gap'

Photo of Jodrell laboratory, Wolfson wing
Tue, 2014-12-16 16:49

The Science and Technology Committee announced on 12 November 2014 that it would hold a one-off evidence session addressing announcements made by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew regarding its £5 million “budget gap”.

Kew welcomes this hearing:

Deputy Prime Minister commits over 2 million to support Kew

The Palm House at Kew Gardens in the blue sky of autumn
Tue, 2014-12-16 16:07

In September, the Deputy Prime Minister agreed to maintain resource funding for Kew, with £1.5 million initially provided for the years 2014/2015. The extra £2.3 million adds significant funding to the institution, maintaining a government level of resource funding until April 2016.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:

The best gardening and nature books

Mon, 2014-11-24 12:32

We've selected a range of Kew books that will make ideal gifts, with ideas for foodies, gardeners, photography enthusiasts, art lovers and even plant hunters. These are some of our bestselling, award-winning titles.

Grow Wild England flagship site unveiled

Grow Wild - Tale of Two Cities Celebration
Tue, 2014-11-18 17:30

Led by Landlife, a charity based at the National Wildflower Centre at Court Hey Park, teams in both cities will use the £120,000 flagship award to transform prominent spaces into wild flower celebrations to connect the two historically-divided cities.

Vote now to decide who wins a £120,000 Grow Wild transformation

'Vote now' against the background of a meadow
Wed, 2014-10-08 15:49

One outstanding project will receive £120,000 of funding to create an inspiring wild flower haven full of colour and wildlife for everyone to enjoy – we want you to help us decide who wins. There is a shortlist of five projects: City to Sea in Plymouth, Cody Wilds in East London, Love Square in Sheffield, People’s Plant Collection in Bristol and Tale of Two Cities in Liverpool and Manchester.

Book of the month - Remarkable Plants That Shape Our World

Fri, 2014-10-03 13:24

Plants are truly remarkable: even with all our modern technological prowess they still feed, clothe and shelter us, help transport us and can intoxicate and cure us. Authors Helen and William Bynum are expert guides to the rich histories, significance and uses of over 80 key plants in 69 entries, revealing our relationship with them, both utilitarian and aesthetic, and their multiple benefits and cultural associations.