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Nature bursting into flower at Wakehurst Place

Wildflower meadow at Wakehurst Place
Wed, 2014-07-30 09:11

A new floral project is flourishing in the warm weather and producing a riot of native colour.

In the Upper Walled Nursery at Wakehurst, the Grow Wild area is an ambitious mass-participation campaign to inspire individuals and communities to engage with the huge range and variety of UK native wild flowers.

Wakehurst lake restoration wins award

Photo of man holding Sussex Heritage Award
Tue, 2014-07-22 15:37

Westwood Lake in Ardingly is part of the 600-acre Wakehurst estate, managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew for over 49 years.

Book of the month: Kids’ Kew

Kids Kew cover image
Mon, 2014-06-30 13:08

About the book

Kids’ Kew is the official guidebook for children visiting Kew Gardens, aimed at 7-11 year olds (and their parents and carers), featuring exciting places to visit and things to do throughout the year. Now in its third edition, this attractively designed guide is beautifully illustrated and produced in full colour, with 40 stickers, activities, amazing facts and silly jokes!

Going Dutch at Wakehurst

Photo of Dutch students
Mon, 2014-06-16 12:55

The early spring has continued into an early summer this year at Kew’s country garden in West Sussex. Wakehurst’s collection of more than 60 different Japanese water irises (Iris ensata) are flowering two weeks early this year, coinciding with tennis at Queens rather than at Wimbledon, as they usually do.

As Wakehurst’s Garden Manager, Dr Chris Clennett, expains:

Cutting food miles wins award

Wed, 2014-06-04 14:54

The Ampersand catering team at the 300-acre estate won a prestigious Footprint Award last week for responsibly sourcing its ingredients. The winners’ plaque now takes pride of place on the counter of The Stables restaurant.

Catering Manager, Beverley Richardson, said it was gratifying that her team’s commitment had been rewarded. She said:

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