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Wakehurst yew hedges are used as an ingredient in chemotherapy drugs

Chinese plum yew
Fri, 2014-08-29 18:29

The sides of the Pleasaunce hedges at Wakehurst, Kew’s country garden in Ardingly, have proved invaluable to Limehurst who have been collecting yew hedge clippings around the UK since 1992. The firm, based at Hambrook near Chichester, extract taxol from the clippings - a constituent of a chemotherapy drug given to treat ovarian and breast cancers.

First outdoor flowering in Britain for southern hemisphere plant

Dr Chris Clennett with the outdoor flowering Banksia marginata
Thu, 2014-08-21 14:20

The botanists went to south-west Tasmania with colleagues from Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank and other agencies. Working in collaboration with the Tasmanian Botanic Garden, seeds from all the plants they encountered were collected and are now safely stored both in Tasmania and in the vaults at the Millennium Seed Bank. The team’s fieldwork allowed horticulturists at Wakehurst to grow rare and unusual shrubs and trees from these cold rain forests, including Banksia marginata.

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!

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