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Summer's arrived!

Christina Harrison
4 June 2013
Blog team: 
Whatever the vagaries of the British weather, the summer issue of Kew magazine has arrived!

The summer issue of Kew magazine should be landing on people's doormats today and tomorrow, and will appear in the Kew shops too.

In this issue there's a distinct IncrEdibles theme to celebrate Kew's summer festival of the same name. We've got a feature on the stars of the show - the bromeliads - which take centre stage at Kew with a large pineapple floating on the Palm House Pond! 

Boating on the Palm House lake

Kew's Tutti frutti boating lake

You can read all about this fascinating group of plants in Richard Wilford's feature. There's also a beautifully illustrated feature on the Nosegay Garden at Kew and the useful and unusual herbs you can find there and in the Global Kitchen Garden. Renowned food writer Hattie Ellis takes us through the garden and picks a posy of her favourites for us to enjoy. There's even a delicious recipe from Peyton&Byrne for a wild garlic salsa verde to enjoy.

Kew magazine feature about the bromeliad collection

Discover more about bromeliads in our feature

We go behind the scenes to meet "the king of the jungle", Wes Shaw, the head of Kew's Palm House, to find out what it takes to look after one of the world's most famous and important glasshouses. He reveals some of the intriguing, and edible, plants he looks after and how every day is different.

There's unusual edibles too: edible flowers, a tree that tastes of onions, and the wild yams that Kew is helping communities in Africa and Madagascar to cultivate and conserve.

It's always good to get an opinion piece in the magazine and in this issue Guy Watson (BBC Farmer of the Year) discusses what kind of farming could ever be called sustainable, and whether we should be learning lessons from other parts of the world.

Kew magazine summer 2013

The Kew magazine summer issue is out now

As always there's lots to discover, and don't forget there's the whole list of events, talks, courses, tours and displays in our What's On section. You can plan your whole summer right here!

You can also find a lot more content in our app edition – there are four bonus features on edible plants – on lavender, mango, olive, and chilli, each with recipes for you to try. Kew's caterers Peyton&Byrne have also given us three summer salad recipes which you won't want to miss.

The Kew magazine app is free to Friends of Kew so, if you have access to an iPad, make sure you take a look today. You can also enjoy films, bonus slideshows, extra news items and easy links to Kew's website, shop and Youtube channel. Have a look now on iTunes.

I do hope you enjoy it.




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