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Kew magazine wins Garden Media Guild Award

by: Christina Harrison, Kew magazine blog
15 Dec 2011

Kew magazine's editor, Christina Harrison, recently attended this year's GMG Awards where her magazine scooped a prestigious award together with finalist results in other categories.

Trees and coastline of Biak Island south coast

GIS surveys in New Guinea

13 Dec 2011

Kew botanists have helped to survey the vegetation of Biak Island, off the north coast of New Guinea.


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Sir Joseph Hooker and the UK Overseas Territories

by: Pat Griggs, UK Overseas Territories team blog
09 Dec 2011

On the 100th anniversary of the death of one of the greatest botanists of the Victorian era, Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker, find out about the unique plants that he encountered on his visits to the UKOTs and how this experience influenced his theories on plant distribution, which he later shared with Charles Darwin.

Early daffs...and more!

by: Richard Wilford, Alpine and Rock Garden team blog
05 Dec 2011

The warm autumn has encouraged some daffodils (Narcissus) to flower early in the Davies Alpine House - and there are other interesting plants to see there too.

Visit to the Arnold Arboretum Boston, USA

by: Tony Hall, Arboretum team blog
05 Dec 2011

The Arnold Arboretum on America's east coast is renowned for its autumn colour and old trees. On a recent visit, Tony Hall delved into Kew's historic links with the arboretum, through plants and plant hunting.

Meet Nathaniel Wallich through his digital archive

by: Helen Hartley, Library, Art and Archives blog
02 Dec 2011

This week sees the publication of a new website, funded by the World Collections Programme, which reunites collections relating to the Danish botanist Nathaniel Wallich.  Find out more about the man himself in the Directors' Correspondence collection.

wild barley in Lebanon

Adapting agriculture to a changing climate

28 Nov 2011

The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership has begun work to collect seed from the wild relatives of 26 crop plants as their genetic diversity may enable us to adapt agricultural crops to the climates of the future.


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Flower of the night-flowering orchid Bulbophyllum nocturnum

World's first night-flowering orchid is discovered

22 Nov 2011

Botanists from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Netherlands Centre for Biodiversity Naturalis have described the first night-flowering orchid known to science on the island of New Britain, near New Guinea.


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Last chance to enter IGPOTY 2011

by: Philip Smith, International Garden Photographer blog
21 Nov 2011

Have you entered IGPOTY 2011 yet? If not, time is running out. Here, Philip Smith tells you everything you need to know, together with a run through of next year's exhibitions.

Monitoring the effect of an invasive pine scale insect on the national tree of the Turks and Caicos Islands

by: Sara Green, UK Overseas Territories team blog
21 Nov 2011

While an introduced scale insect devastates the Caicos pine in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), Sara Green, a Conservation Science MSc student from Imperial College, London investigated the impact that the insect is having on the tree’s habitat and the effectiveness of different techniques of controlling this pest.

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