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Everard Im Thurn and the 'lost world'

by: Katherine Harrington, Library, Art and Archives blog
11 Dec 2012

We take a look at the varied career of Everard Im Thurn through his correspondence with the Directors of Kew, and find out about his exploration of the 'lost world' of Mount Roraima in British Guiana.

The 'Christmassy' killer raspberry

by: Wolfgang Stuppy, Millennium Seed Bank blog
11 Dec 2012

The Millennium Seed Bank's seed morphologist, Wolfgang Stuppy, is back with his final blog of the year. To wish you all a very 'Merry Christmas', he is sharing some festive images of a flesh-eating killer raspberry! Do you dare read on ...

Photo: Pollia condensata fruits

The most intense colour blue in the plant kingdom?

11 Dec 2012

New research investigates structural colour in fruits and flowers.


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Photo: David Nash iPad app

Two fantastic new apps, for art and plant lovers alike...

07 Dec 2012

This week, Kew has released two beautiful new titles for iPad: an iBooks edition of the best-selling The Plant Hunters, and an interactive app to accompany the exhibition David Nash at Kew.


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Photo: David Nashlooking through a microscope

David Nash at Kew - drawing inspiration from Kew's work

06 Dec 2012

Discover how David Nash drew inspiration from Kew's plant science and conservation work to create his new sculptures.


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Waterlily house

Meet the world's oldest pot plant in the Palm House at Kew Gardens

04 Dec 2012

King of the Palm House, this huge Jurassic cycad, Encephalartos altensteinii (i), was collected in the early 1770s from  Eastern Cape region of South Africa, by Kew's first plant hunter Francis Masson.


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Photo: Inside the Waterlily House

Waterlily House at Kew Gardens

04 Dec 2012

This highly specialised and much-loved building at Kew Gardens was once an engineering marvel of its time - the world's largest single span glasshouse. Travel back in time and find out more about the giant waterlily and its bespoke home built back in 1852.


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Awards Success!

by: Christina Harrison, Kew magazine blog
30 Nov 2012

It was a cold day on Thursday but well worth the trip into central London to attend the annual Garden Media Guild Awards at a plush hotel near Grosvenor Square. All fingers and toes were crossed...

Photo: The Golden Age of Botanical Art front cover

The Golden Age of Botanical Art - book of the month

29 Nov 2012

Kew's 'Book of the month' is The Golden Age of Botanical Art, by Martyn Rix. Read on to discover more about this fantastic new book, published by Andre Deutsch in association with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.


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Photo: Gagea calcicola

Systematics and evolution of the Yellow Star of Bethlehem

29 Nov 2012

The systematics and evolution of Gagea sensu lato in Iran has been the subject of four recent research papers.


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