Franz Bauer's works are being exhibited as part of the Inspiring Kew exhibition at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art. Julia explores Bauer's striking collection and history as one of Kew's most illustrious alumni.
The history of the Victoria amazonica - water lily has captured the imagination of Victorian botanists, plant hunters and even Queen Victoria herself. The incredible drawings of the plant by Walter Hood Fitch are currently on display as part of the Inspiring Kew exhibition.
Directors' Correspondence digitiser Kat Harrington continues her exploration of letters to Kew's first official Director, Sir William Jackson Hooker. This time the correspondent is the English botanist Richard Spruce who went to extraordinary lengths in his quest to collect new and useful plants.
The wreck of HMS 'Erebus', one of Franklin's Arctic expedition ships has recently been rediscovered. Virginia, from Kew's Archive, blogs about an earlier successful expedition by the 'Erebus' - to Antarctica. Find out about the connection with Kew and Joseph Hooker's historic Antarctica archive.