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Book of the month - Treasured Trees

Tue, 2015-02-10 12:58

Treasured Trees is a fitting tribute to Kew’s signature trees and a celebration of their beauty, with beautiful botanical art at its centrepiece, accompanied by an entertaining and informative text. The book accompanies the exhibition Kew’s Heritage Trees at The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, from 21 February until 9 August 2015. 

Half term at Wakehurst February 2015

Thu, 2015-02-05 13:54

There's the perfect chance to get out and about this half term with lots of fabulous leafy art and science activities at Wakehurst, which promises a host of pursuits to celebrate the start of spring, and children (under 17) are admitted free.

Enjoy the space and freedom of the 500-acre estate at Ardingly. Run, hop and jump your way round the exciting natural play spaces hidden across the garden and woodland.

Nation’s plant collection is blooming marvellous

skimmia
Mon, 2015-01-05 11:38

Kew’s country garden at Wakehurst Place hosts four national plant collections, birches, southern beeches, St.Johns worts and Skimmia.

It is the latter, Skimmia which is now causing a stir, filling the Wealden garden at Ardingly with seasonal interest.

Botanists ensure safety of South American tree

Aextoxicon punctatum
Tue, 2014-12-23 11:54

The team from Kew’s 500-acre country estate at Ardingly ventured to Chile in 2009 and encountered smoking volcanoes and leech-infested forests in their hunt to save highly endangered plant species of the area. They brought back over half a million seeds from the most vital plant species they discovered, climbing mountains and volcanoes, crossing rivers, and even collecting by boat in a fjord surrounded by dense temperate rainforest while dolphins and sea lions swam alongside.

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