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Meet award-winning botanical illustrator Lucy Smith & discover her line drawings

by: Julia Buckley, Library, Art and Archives blog
17 Jun 2013

Lucy Smith recently won second prize in the Margaret Flockton award for botanical illustration. Read about her work as a botanical illustrator at Kew.

How we created the IncrEdibles bag for life

by: Imogen Driver, IncrEdibles Food blog
13 Jun 2013

Here in the Kew Buying Team we decided it was time to add some fun to our Summer range and the IncrEdibles festival has given us the perfect excuse!

Photo of the palm house pond during the incredibles festival 2013

Summer at Kew Gardens

13 Jun 2013

See a selection of photos of Kew in summer, from our Flickr photostream.


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Architect's impression of renovated Temperate House

See the Temperate House restoration unfold

13 Jun 2013

Follow the progress of the Temperate House restoration project, from removing the plants, removing each pane of glass, to renovating the complete 4,880 square metres of glasshouse. Find out how you can help to restore this historical glasshouse.


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Archive photo of the tropical potting shed

Memories of Kew on flickr

12 Jun 2013

Upload your photos of your favourite memories of Kew, by adding them to Kew's Flickr stream.


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The last tulip

by: Richard Wilford, Alpine and Rock Garden team blog
10 Jun 2013

As summer finally arrives, the spring bulbs fade and gradually die down for their summer rest. Most tulips have long finished flowering - but there is one species that waits until June to display its bright scarlet blooms.

Sambucus nigra inflorescence

Elderflower surprise

10 Jun 2013

Scientists at Kew Gardens have discovered compounds new to science in ordinary elderflower drinks.


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The beginnings of Missouri Botanical Garden

by: Virginia Mills, Library, Art and Archives blog
10 Jun 2013

Letter and plans from Kew's Directors' Correspondence archive give a glimpse into the humble beginnings of one of botany's most revered institutions - Missouri Botanical Garden - and its founder Henry Shaw.

Growing IncrEdibles in Kew’s Decorative Nursery

by: Ginny Malmgren, IncrEdibles Food blog
07 Jun 2013

Part of Kew's IncrEdibles festival is the 'Vegetable Medley' on the Palm House Parterre which is being prepared by the Decorative Nursery team.

The art of macro photography - top tips from IGPOTY

by: Philip Smith, International Garden Photographer blog
06 Jun 2013

The IGPOTY Macro Art photo project is open for entries until 30 June. If you're thinking of entering - or if you're interested in macro photography - IGPOTY director Philip Smith offers some top tips.

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Ononis rotundifolia
round-leaved restharrow

Round-leaved restharrow is a beautiful, dwarf shrub with large, pink, red-veined pea-flowers and round, toothed, sticky leaflets.

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