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A summer of new experiences

Christina Harrison
17 May 2012
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There will be plenty of new experiences to be had at Kew this summer - from appreciating intriguing sculptures to discovering lost Georgian kitchens. You can find out much more about them all in Kew magazine.

This year has so far proved to be a year for talking about restoration. Not long ago we described the fundraising campaign for the restoration of the Temperate House, and Kew’s new restoration ecology programme (winter issue 2011) but since then we’ve been preparing features for Kew magazine on the restoration of the Georgian kitchens at Kew by Historic Royal Palaces, the restoration of Westwood Lake at Wakehurst, as well as the work by Kew botanists and Kew’s GIS team in helping to restore an expanse of Sumatran rainforest. All very different projects, and all extremely interesting. 

The newly restored kitchens at Kew Palace

The Kew Palace Georgian kitchens have been virtually untouched since the mid 1800s 

Going behind the scenes

In the summer issue of Kew magazine (out 30 May) we go behind the scenes with these last three projects to reveal how they were achieved and why they are all so important – be it to our heritage, protecting water resources or protecting native species and habitats. The Georgian royal kitchens, next to Kew Palace, have a fascinating tale of discovery, conservation and presentation to tell. I was lucky enough to head to the kitchens for a tour on Tuesday and experience them come to life again as several fully costumed chefs cooked a variety of delicious Georgian dishes and filled the air with enticing smells, as well as creating stunning frosted fruit centrepieces. Be sure to come along and discover the royal kitchens and Kew’s history this summer. You can find out much more online and even watch Georgian cooking lessons on Youtube

The newly restored Georgian kitchens

The Georgian kitchens have just been restored and are being brought back to life 

Kew's new exhibition

Alongside these fascinating stories, which have required some pretty last minute photoshoots, we have been following the progress of the installation of the David Nash exhibition – David Nash at Kew: A Natural Gallery. Award-winning writer Ambra Edwards met up with David Nash to find out more about his background, his philosophy, his plans at Kew and the new work he’s creating in his Wood Quarry (or outdoor studio). We hope you’ll enjoy the article and the exhibition – it will be changing over the course of Nash’s year at Kew so will be well worth a few visits through the seasons. Our What’s On pages in the magazine list all the events, talks, tours and courses organised around the exhibition so be sure to check them out when you get your copy. 


Overlap by David Nash - one of many sculptures now in the Temperate House 

Kew magazine is out on 30 May - you can get your copy from the Kew shops (for the special price of £3.95), by subscription or for free when you become a Friend of Kew.

 ...and finally

We had a great response to the new design of Kew magazine, so thank you all for your kind messages, encouragement and constructive comments. We aim to keep bringing you the best stories from Kew and Wakehurst to help you get the most from supporting Kew.

- Christina -


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