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Joseph Hooker's rhododendrons: from the Himalayas to Kew

The Rhododendron Dell at Kew is in full, glorious bloom! Librarian Virginia Mills explains how plant hunter and Kew director Joseph Hooker first brought rhododendrons from the high Himalayas to Victorian Kew, a tale of adventure brought to life by Kew's new online resource, the Joseph Hooker Correspondence Project.

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Sheila Mannes-Abbott - a botanical life

The Illustrations Team invites you to visit the Library, Art and Archives at Kew to view a small retrospective display of the work of the botanical artist Sheila Mannes-Abbott, FLS FSBA (1939-2014).

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Cataloguing the papers of T.A. Sprague

Archives trainee Miriam Hopkinson talks about cataloguing T. A. Sprague’s papers and the insights they provide into colonial attitudes at the turn of the twentieth century.

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The forgotten garden

Directors' Correspondence digitiser, Jon Nicholls, uncovers the story behind the forgotten California Botanic Garden.

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Splitters and Lumpers

In a guest post, photographer Liz Orton discusses how her photo series Splitters and Lumpers was inspired by Kew's Herbarium. Her images are on permanent display in the Herbarium, as well as being available to view online.

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256 shades of grey

Monochrome photography can take your photography to places you have only dreamed of.

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