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Caffeine enhances bee memory

10 May 2013

Caffeine in the nectar of coffee and citrus flowers manipulates the memory of pollinating bees.


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Rory McEwen - The Colours of Reality

by: Joanne Yeomans, Library, Art and Archives blog
10 May 2013

A new exhibition at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art showcases botanical illustration from artist Rory McEwen, along with his other artistic talents.

Betula pendula

UK native trees identified for conservation

10 May 2013

With a host of new pests and diseases attacking the United Kingdom’s native treescape, Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank is tackling the threat by establishing the country’s first national collection of tree seeds – the UK National Tree Seed Project.


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New initiative from Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank to protect UK trees takes root

10 May 2013

With a host of new pests and diseases attacking the United Kingdom’s native treescape, Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank is tackling the threat by establishing the country’s first national collection of tree seeds – the UK National Tree Seed Project.


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Book of the month - The Story of Kew Gardens in Photographs

08 May 2013

This book tells the fascinating story of Kew Gardens through over two hundred and fifty black and white photographs, many of which have never been seen before.


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Mapping Coffee in Ethiopia part two

by: Paul Little, GIS team blog
08 May 2013

Kew photographer Paul Little has just returned from accompanying a field trip to the Highlands of Ethiopia to research the impact of climate change on the vital coffee crop. Read part two of his diary of the trip.

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Pasqueflower restoration

03 May 2013

Understanding the regeneration and pollination requirements for Anemone pulsatilla in the UK.


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Bringing Kew's Archive Alive

by: The Trading Consequences Team, Library, Art and Archives blog
02 May 2013

In this guest blog from the Trading Consequences team, find out how digital data produced by Kew's Directors' Correspondence team is being brought to life and can be used to visualise the British Empire's 19th Century trade networks

Photo of a primula auricula 'Dilly Dilly' raised by Keith Leeming

Auriculas - a most beguiling plant now on sale at Kew Gardens

02 May 2013

Stunning auriculas bred by Chelsea Gold medal award winners William, Joan and Simon Lockyer will be sold in the Victoria Plaza garden shop at Kew Gardens from Friday 3 May 2013. Visit soon as stock is limited.


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Richard Barley, Head of Horticuture

Director of Kew Gardens’ Horticulture

29 Apr 2013

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is delighted to announce the appointment of Richard Barley as Director of Kew Gardens’ Horticulture.


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Lupinus polyphyllus
large-leaved lupin

Formerly a popular ornamental in its own right, large-leaved lupin has tall spires of flowers, traits that were incorporated into the Russell Hybrid garden lupins.

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