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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.


Monstrous deliciousness and devilish fruit - Kew's edible aroids

by: Louisa Hall, Tropical Nursery blog
14 Mar 2013

Not many people have heard of edible aroids yet they are among the oldest cultivated crops in the world. Tropical Nursery horticulturalist Louisa Hall introduces some of these exotic species.

Discovering David Douglas through the Directors' Correspondence

by: Charlotte Rowley, Library, Art and Archives blog
13 Mar 2013

Read extracts from the letters of David Douglas in the Directors' Correspondence, and learn more about this remarkable plant-hunter and explorer.


A short guide to bonsai compost

by: Richard Kernick, Bonsai blog
11 Mar 2013

Richard’s short guide to the different types of soil that are used to pot up the bonsai trees here at Kew

Working together to cultivate and protect Ascension's unique plants

by: Marcella Corcoran, UK Overseas Territories team blog
08 Mar 2013

Ascension Island, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, is home to seven surviving unique plants, many of them threatened with extinction in the wild. Marcella Corcoran reports on a horticultural training workshop for conservationists on the island.

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Exclusive interview - Jared Diamond on the natural world

08 Mar 2013

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jared Diamond was recently awarded the Kew International Medal for his contribution to science and conservation. During his visit to the Gardens Jared spoke to Kew about the importance of plants and what we can learn from traditional societies in building a sustainable future.


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And the winner is...

by: Philip Smith, International Garden Photographer blog
07 Mar 2013

After three long months of judging the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition, the dust is settling and the results are in! Philip Smith considers whether the winning images are 'stunning' - or altogether more interesting than that...

Pennisetum advena

Updating classifications to reflect monophyly

07 Mar 2013

The move from a “traditional” to a “phylogenetic” classification of grasses (Poaceae) has resulted in 10% of species having their scientific name changed.


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A visit to the 2013 Swindon Winter Image Bonsai Show

by: Richard Kernick, Bonsai blog
06 Mar 2013

Richard escapes the Gardens to look at a few of the fabulous trees at the 2013 Swindon Winter Bonsai Show

Introducing the Library Graduate Trainee

by: Marc Muller, Library, Art and Archives blog
06 Mar 2013

Meet Kew's current Library Graduate Trainee and discover the range of interesting duties his role comprises

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Yellow flowers of Thymelaea hirsuta

Thymelaea hirsuta
mitnan

Mitnan is a yellow-flowered desert shrub, the leaves of which are used in traditional medicine and the branches and bark are woven to make strong rope.

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