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Kew Magazine November post

Christina Harrison
3 November 2009
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It may be starting to look wintry, but there's still plenty to do at Kew.

November has truly blown in but it’s still worth venturing to Kew and Wakehurst between the showers to see the last of the autumn colour. The tulip trees and dawn redwoods near the Palm House Pond at Kew have been fabulous this year. As I write this we’ve just sent the winter issue of Kew magazine off to press, so I’ve finally allowed the team out for a breath of fresh air and a chocolate brownie. It’s always a strange time when the final pages go – a mixture of anticipation and slight nervousness, and an all-too-brief lull in proceedings while you wait for the fully formed final product to arrive.

The winter issue has a few articles to help round off Kew’s 250th anniversary year, including a feature by garden historian Andrea Wulf on the shared history of Kew and the Royal Society. The two organisations have a pleated past and both are keen to promote science to as many people as possible. Kew’s director, Professor Stephen Hopper, will give a lecture at the Royal Society on 1 December about the importance of botany and the long association between the two institutions, as the final instalment in Kew’s 250th anniversary lecture series. Click here for details and why not go along – entry is free.

Speaking of lectures – I went to a fantastic one last week on the BBC series Last Chance to See. Stephen Fry spoke extremely eloquently (as always) on the need for the conservation of biodiversity and habitats around the world. We’ll be looking very closely at this topic in 2010 – I’m elbow-deep in planning at this very moment. The 25 November will be the UK launch date for the International Year of Biodiversity and Kew will be playing a large part so watch this space.

If you want to get involved in the final fling of Kew’s 250th anniversary, or simply take time to enjoy the season, come along to some of the tours & walks, lectures and exhibitions that are on offer. See the autumn issue of Kew magazine or check out the details online in our What's On section. Our sub-editor, Jean, took this fantastic image (above) on one of Kew’s recent photography courses.

Stephen Hopper presents his lecture Science Not Stamp Collecting – the importance of botany from 1759 to 2059 at the Royal Society on 1 December at 6.30pm. Entry is free. The lecture will also be available online, either live on the night or from 4 December. Click here for details.


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