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In the Gardens

Nation’s plant collection is blooming marvellous

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.

Digitising Kew's weeds

Bluebell wood at Kew
Tue, 2014-12-02 13:35

The Wild Flora of Kew Gardens: A Cumulative Checklist from 1759 compiled by Tom Cope (Kew’s Grass Systematist until 2010, and now an Honorary Research Associate) was published by Kew in 2009. This publication combines historical records of plant species recorded growing wild in the 300 acres of Kew Gardens with Tom’s own observations made over the course of 35 years.

Artists: Christmas at Kew 2014

The Palm House lit up in pink light
Fri, 2014-11-28 12:02


Top 10 attractions at Kew

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is in Richmond on the outskirts of London, and the world's most famous Gardens. It has extraordinary diversity of plants and over 14,000 trees.

It's an ideal place to visit to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the Gardens, or to learn about the plants, nature and history of England. 

Bug hotel at Wakehurst Place

Hotel for creepy crawlies
Tue, 2014-10-28 16:41

A collaboration by staff and visitors the new bug hotel takes pride of place in the outdoor plant area. It’s been created by manager Carole Brown from Newick.