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Poster for the Worlds Most Valuable Bank event

The world’s most valuable bank: what is nature worth?

04 Feb 2014

The World’s Most Valuable Bank – What is Nature Worth was a Kew Patrons event that took place in November 2013. The panel discussion focussed on the economic value of our planet’s natural resources, and questioned what price we can put on nature. The talk is now available to download as an MP3.


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Cranberry World, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA by Jacky Hobbs

Photos from the International Garden Photographer of the Year 2014 Competition

03 Feb 2014

An exhibition of photos from this year's International Garden Photographer of the Year competition is being held at Kew Gardens from 15 February to 30 March 2014.


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How did plants evolve frost hardiness?

by: Rafaël Govaerts, Kew Science blog
03 Feb 2014

Rafaël Govaerts from Kew’s Herbarium describes the discovery of three key traits instrumental to the radiation of flowering plants into freezing environments. The results of the study were recently published online in the journal Nature and will appear in the print issue on 6 February.

Snow drops in Rock Garden January 2014

Kew during January 2014

03 Feb 2014

A selection of photographs taken in Kew Gardens during January 2014: out and about in the Gardens, in the glasshouses and preparing for the 2014 Orchid festival.


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Biodiversity and conservation of orchids: the importance of Kew’s fieldwork

by: André Schuiteman, Tropical Nursery blog
31 Jan 2014

Orchid researcher André Schuiteman describes the challenges facing orchids in the wild and what Kew is doing to help them.

Seed Collecting in the Northern Cape

by: Paul Smith, Millennium Seed Bank blog
30 Jan 2014

Read the diary of Dr Paul Smith, Head of Kew's Millennium Seed Bank, as he and colleagues undertake a seed collecting expedition in the Northern Cape region of South Africa.

Spring highlights for your group visit

by: Imogen Dent, Kew Gardens' group visits blog
29 Jan 2014

The wonderful displays of spring colour are just beginning at Kew Gardens, and a new range of seasonal guided walks are running to enhance your group visit.

What’s in a name? New version of The Plant List released

by: Alan Paton, Kew Science blog
27 Jan 2014

Alan Paton, Assistant Keeper of Kew's Herbarium, describes some of the problems associated with plant names and the importance of the new release of The Plant List.

Legumes of the world online screenshot

Legumes of the World Online

24 Jan 2014

A new web resource from Kew provides information on the genera of the legume family.


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Choosing orchids for the festival

by: Elisa Biondi, Tropical Nursery blog
24 Jan 2014

Elisa Biondi explains how Kew selects which orchids to include in its annual orchid festival.

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