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Summer cereals at Kew

by: Mark Nesbitt, Economic Botany blog
15 Jul 2013

Kew's Grass Garden has a comprehensive display of cereals from around the world - grains such as wheat, barley, sorghum and millet - and now is the best time to come and see them.


Fancy an ice cream bean for dessert?

by: Wolfgang Stuppy, IncrEdibles Food blog
12 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 second of the series – the incredible ice cream bean!


Photo of fungi specimens collected by Darwin from Tierra Del Fuego

Revolutionising the Fungarium - a genomic treasure trove?

12 Jul 2013

A DNA sequencing breakthrough has used samples from Kew's Fungarium to show that genetic information can be accessed from even very old samples, holding out the promise of significant discoveries which may have profound impacts on all our lives.


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John Lindley, the man who saved Kew

by: Joanne Yeomans, Library, Art and Archives blog
11 Jul 2013

John Lindley, botanist, gardener and orchidologist, is little known nowadays but he played a vital role in preserving Kew Gardens for the nation. Now Kew's exhibition of works by his great grandson, Rory McEwen, is reviving interest in his role and in his own artworks.

Kohl rabi - colourful and tasty too!

by: Ruth Calder, IncrEdibles Food blog
10 Jul 2013

Ruth Calder, one of Kew's horticulture students, writes about kohl rabi and answers the questions she gets asked most often - “What is it?” and “What can I do with it?"

Harvesting cultivated winged yams in the Ikongo region

Improving food security and conserving yam diversity

10 Jul 2013

Through its yam research programme, RBG Kew is providing scientific data contributing to improving food security and conserving yam diversity in some of the lowest GDP per capita countries.


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July news from the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition

by: Philip Smith, International Garden Photographer blog
08 Jul 2013

As Summer finally arrives, I thought I'd update you about a few of our activities here at IGPOTY.

Come and see Kew's glorious giant Himalayan lilies

by: Richard Wilford, Alpine and Rock Garden team blog
05 Jul 2013

A glorious display of the giant Himalayan lily, Cardiocrinum giganteum, can be seen now in the dappled shade of the Woodland Garden at Kew.

Making the IncrEdibles Rose Garden Tea Party

by: Kirsti Davies, IncrEdibles Food blog
04 Jul 2013

Guest blogger Kirsti Davies, creator of Kew’s unique Tea Party table, writes about the creative and practical process of building the installation.

The wild tomatoes of Peru

by: Oliver Whaley, IncrEdibles Food blog
02 Jul 2013

Tomatoes are among the Vegetable Medley which is currently transforming Kew's Palm House parterre into a stunning display of edible plants. You might imagine tomatoes originated on the sunny slopes of the Mediterranean - but you'd be wrong: for the birthplace of the noble tom is the remote desert oases of Peru.

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