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Highlights from the Your Kew 'Signs of Spring' 2013 Flickr photo challenge

05 Aug 2013

Browse a selection of our favourite images shared as part of our most recent photo challenge, 'Signs of Spring'.


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William Robinson at Kew's Library

by: Craig Brough, Library, Art and Archives blog
02 Aug 2013

Kew Librarian Craig Brough writes about the influential 19th century gardening author William Robinson, his garden at Gravetye Manor, and their connection to Kew.

Reaping History

by: Anna Hamilton, Economic Botany blog
01 Aug 2013

As part of my internship at Kew, I have been repacking some models of farming tools from Japan. As so often in Kew’s Economic Botany Collection, research on the items has revealed an interesting story, in this case of Japanese relations with Korea and Britain.

Prickly IncrEdibles

by: Eli Biondi, IncrEdibles Food blog
01 Aug 2013

Horticulturalist Eli Biondi writes about the wonderful world of cacti - from the bright vibrant flowers to the succulent and juicy fruits and their uses.

An introduction to the confusing world of plant names

by: Jason Irving, Medicinal Plant Names Services blog
30 Jul 2013

Our newest member of the MPNS team explains how he came to discover that using plant names was not as simple as it first seemed...

Mo Farah sitting on a throne outside the Palm House to launch Richmond Running Festival

Mo Farah launches Richmond Running Festival at Kew Gardens

29 Jul 2013

Double Olympic champion Mo Farah popped down to Kew the day after his stunning victory in the Anniversary Games to launch Richmond Running Festival.


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Photo of the Temperate House in spring

Film - Restoring the Temperate House at Kew Gardens

29 Jul 2013

The Temperate House is the largest surviving Victorian glasshouse in the world. From 5 August 2013, Kew is undertaking a vital five year restoration project to restore the glasshouse and its surrounding landscape.


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Tephrosia vogelii

Growing the wrong Tephrosia

29 Jul 2013

A plant used by farmers in Africa to control pest insects occurs in two varieties. Only one is effective, and many farmers are growing the wrong type.


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The sweet taste of a dead man’s finger

by: Wolfgang Stuppy, IncrEdibles Food blog
26 Jul 2013

For the IncrEdibles festival Kew’s resident seed specialist Wolfgang Stuppy is contributing bite-size features about weird and wonderful edible plants from around the world. In the third of the series – the dead man's finger!

The Sweet Taste of a Dead Man’s Finger

by: Wolfgang Stuppy, Millennium Seed Bank blog
26 Jul 2013

This month the Millennium Seed Bank's Seed Morphologist, Wolfgang Stuppy, introduces us to the freaky blue fruits of Decaisnea insignis. The taste is sweet and refreshing but this fruit is eerily known as ‘dead man’s finger’.

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