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Itinerary tips for a summer visit to Kew Gardens

by: Imogen Dent, Kew Gardens' group visits blog
27 Mar 2013

If you’re planning a summer group trip, don’t miss out on Kew's main highlights or the hidden delights.

Bismarkia nobilis

Framework for palm biogeography

26 Mar 2013

Researchers establish a hypothesis for the evolution of palms in time and space.


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Solanum insanum

Eggplant names cracked

26 Mar 2013

Researchers untangle the names of spiny wild aubergines.


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Monitoring alpine plants

Germination of alpines

22 Mar 2013

Climate change could shift the timing of seed germination in alpine plants


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Celebrating David Livingstone's Bicentenary

by: Lorna Cahill, Library, Art and Archives blog
19 Mar 2013

To celebrate the bicentenary of African explorer David Livingstone, the Archives team reveal his connection to Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, and how you can see more of his letters online.

Photo of children floating origami boats in the Waterlily Pond

Join the Chocolate Quest at Kew Gardens this Easter

18 Mar 2013

Celebrate Easter with the family at Kew Gardens. Travel through time to discover the history and future of our nation’s favourite treat on an interactive adventure trail.


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18 Mar 2013


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15 minutes of fame - bonsai in the spotlight

by: Richard Kernick, Bonsai blog
18 Mar 2013

Last year Liam, Tom and Lee from “The Journal of Wild Culture” came to visit Kew Gardens to photograph the bonsai collection for an article in their debut issue. Now the issue has been published and we can all enjoy the results.

Your iPad as a window on Kew

by: Christina Harrison, Kew magazine blog
15 Mar 2013

Our spring issue of Kew magazine is out now, and it’s not on its own due to the magazine going all appy on iTunes.


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Saccharum officinarum

Saccharum officinarum
sugar cane

Sugar is extracted from the sweet, juicy stems of sugar cane, and is used worldwide as a sweetener, preservative and in the cosmetics industry.

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