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Celebrating the launch of JSTOR Global Plants

by: Kat Harrington, Library, Art and Archives blog
24 May 2013

Kew's unique Directors' Correspondence collection is being made available digitally through a new collaborative website, JSTOR Global Plants.

Bluebells in Kew's natural area

by: Anthony Hall, Arboretum team blog
23 May 2013

Few floral sights in late spring can better a mass of bluebells carpeting a woodland floor.

Photo of Galanthus nivalis capsules

A new typology of seed development in late winter-flowering temperate woodland plants

23 May 2013

Research at the Millennium Seed Bank (RBG Kew) and the University of Reading has identified a new typology of seed development.


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The Tropical Plant Identification Course

by: Lee Davies, Herbarium blog
22 May 2013

Each year several of the Herbarium botanists organise and run a Tropical Plant Identification Course.

Photo of scots pine cone

Study finds sixty percent of UK species in decline

22 May 2013

Kew has contributed to a groundbreaking report on the state of wildlife in the UK in time for International Day of Biological Diversity. It reveals that 60% of species studied have declined over recent decades.


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Photo of cafe marron (Ramosmania rodriguesii)

Protecting plant diversity

21 May 2013

Thumb through our photos and find out how Kew is helping to protect biodiversity in the UK and overseas.


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Conserving Darwin's Letters

by: Eleanor Hasler, Library, Art and Archives blog
17 May 2013

Discover more about the conservation work carried out on one of the most important, popular and fascinating collection in the Archives.

hamster searching for seed

What are hard seeds for?

14 May 2013

A new hypothesis has been proposed on why some seeds are hard.


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How to Create a “Slab-Planted” Bonsai

by: Richard Kernick, Bonsai blog
13 May 2013

Richard, Kew’s bonsai specialist, and renowned bonsai expert Nobuyuki Kajiwara look into the process of creating a “slab-planted” Japanese white pine bonsai.

Women gardeners having a tea break

Peek inside 'The story of Kew Gardens in photographs'

10 May 2013

Browse a selection of historic photographs from this splendidly illustrated book about the history of Kew Gardens, many of which are previously unseen.


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Pinus pinea at Kew Gardens

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stone pine

Highly valued for its edible seeds known as ‘pine nuts’, the stone pine has been cultivated in Europe for almost 2,000 years.

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