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The letters of botanist Joseph Hooker are now online

by: Virginia Mills, Library, Art and Archives blog
21 Jan 2014

Virginia Mills describes our new online collection of Joseph Hooker's Correspondence in which you can explore Hooker's letters from India and the high Himalayas, and look at some of his expedition collections and the plant-hunting paraphernalia held here at Kew.

12 new carnivorous plant species from the Philippines

by: Martin Cheek, Kew Science blog
20 Jan 2014

Martin Cheek, a senior botanist at Kew, describes how 12 new species of carnivorous pitcher plants from the Philippines were discovered among Kew’s 7 million herbarium specimens.

From Holland with love

by: Elisa Biondi, Tropical Nursery blog
17 Jan 2014

Elisa Biondi explains why Kew, one of the most important botanic gardens in the world, buys orchids from Holland for its orchid festival.

John Ray: in a class[ification] of his own

by: Jessica Hudson, Library, Art and Archives blog
15 Jan 2014

Library Graduate Trainee Jessica Hudson explores the significance of John Ray's work in sowing the seeds of modern taxonomy.

Red or dead

by: Robert J. O’Sullivan, GIS team blog
14 Jan 2014

Sandwich student Robert O’Sullivan describes his contribution to Kew's work delivering an assessment of the conservation status of all known plant species.

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Highlights from Kew's 'Winter trees' photo challenge

14 Jan 2014

In November and December 2013 we invited members of our 'Your Kew' and 'Natural Neighbourhood' Flickr groups to take part in our 'Winter trees' photo challenge. International Garden Photographer of the Year Director Philip Smith selects his favourites.


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Tiny plants make a huge impact

by: Paula Rudall, Kew Science blog
13 Jan 2014

Paula Rudall from Kew’s Jodrell Laboratory describes how comparative studies on the micromorphology of tiny plants can help us better understand flowering plant evolution

Spring travel fairs

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

The winter and spring are always packed with travel fairs. This year we’ve got the added excitement of hosting a group travel fair right here at Kew Gardens!

Culinary Herbs and Spices

Book of the Month - Culinary Herbs and Spices of the World

06 Jan 2014

Kew’s latest book is the first guide to nearly all commercial herbs and spices in existence – the essential companion for foodies and gardeners alike.


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When it comes to genomes, size matters

by: Jaume Pellicer, Kew Science blog
06 Jan 2014

Jaume Pellicer and colleagues from Kew's Jodrell Laboratory describe the immense variation in the amount of DNA in flowering plants and why, when it comes to genomes, size really does matter.

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The caffeine-containing seeds of kola nut from tropical West Africa are popularly chewed as a stimulant across the continent and are an ingredient in some soft drinks.

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