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Sussex autumn technicolour

Autumn walks Wakehurst
Wed, 2014-10-22 15:44

Scores of visitors took the opportunity to see the very best seasonal colour nature can provide over the weekend.  Kew’s country garden, Wakehurst (near Haywards Heath) laid on a series of guided walks around the 465-acre estate which houses one of the world’s best-known botanic gardens.

Everyone was catered for with a selection of tours at Wakehurst which ranged from a 45-minute stroll on flat terrain to a two-and-a-half-hour excursion, through the woodlands, to see plants from across the globe.

Cyclamen carpet in bloom at Wakehurst Place

Cyclamen carpet
Mon, 2014-09-08 17:56

Thought to be one of the largest populations of flowering cyclamen in the country this stunning display is produced by a Mediterranean variety: Cyclamen hederifolium.

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.

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