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Magnificent magnolias in the Arboretum at Kew Gardens

by: Tony Hall, Arboretum team blog
27 Mar 2012

The wonderfully showy magnolias are in full flower, many dating back to the early 20th century. Colours range from pure white through to deep pinks with some flowers reaching over 20 cm across.

Swapping seeds in the name of food diversity

by: Vanessa Sutcliffe, Millennium Seed Bank blog
21 Mar 2012

Join Vanessa Sutcliffe, Millennium Seed Bank Training Specialist, as she gets ready to organise the next Great Seed Swap taking place at Wakehurst on Saturday 20 October 2012.

Mozambique coastal forest

Describing the coastal dry forests of northern Mozambique

21 Mar 2012

A recent publication defines and characterises the coastal dry forests found in northern Mozambique and assesses their present extent, botanical composition and conservation importance.


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David Nash prepares for his exhibition

16 Mar 2012

During his time at Kew Gardens, David Nash will be exhibiting existing works and producing new work in the wood quarry. You can follow his progress here and find out more about how David Nash turns trees into art.


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Lord Howe Island

Sympatric speciation contributes to island biodiversity

14 Mar 2012

Scientists discover at least 11 examples of sympatric speciation on Lord Howe Island.


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Boy's face with chocolate decorations

Coming up over Easter at Kew Gardens

14 Mar 2012

Take a journey through ancient Maya culture and 3,000 years of delectable chocolate history with Kew this Easter. Enjoy adventurous trails, fun filled family activities and, of course, the delicious chocolate on offer.


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Kingdom of Plants DVD cover

David Attenborough's Kingdom of Plants 3D now available on DVD and Blu-ray

13 Mar 2012

Filmed over the course of a year at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew,  Kingdom of Plants 3D provides a fascinating new look at plant life using stunning 3D time-lapse filming techniques. Own your personal copy today following the DVD and Blu-ray release.


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Masterpieces, mishaps and memories: Mount Kanchenjunga in the Directors' Correspondence

by: Charlotte Rowley, Library, Art and Archives blog
09 Mar 2012

Kew's own Sir Joseph Hooker was the first Westerner to explore the majestic Mount Kanchenjunga. Read about other stories surrounding this mountain, inspired by a letter from the artist and writer, Edward Lear.

Fruit of Ravenala madagascariensis

Kew's Millennium Seed Bank gallery - seeds and fruit

09 Mar 2012

View our amazing images of seeds and fruit.


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Falklands’ unique plants all in safe storage

by: Richard Lewis, UK Overseas Territories team blog
06 Mar 2012

All thirteen of the Falklands’ unique plant species are now being preserved at Kew's Millennium Seed Bank. Botanist Richard Lewis recently managed to track down seed-bearing plants of the silvery buttercup, the thirteenth species, in remote valleys on Weddell Island.

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