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Behind closed doors - Kew's conservation studio

by: Sarah Cox, Library, Art and Archives blog
10 Aug 2011

 In her farewell post, Sarah blogs about her final project at Kew, during which she gets a backstage pass to the conservation studio for a day!

Introducing the bonsai collection at Kew Gardens

by: Richard Kernick, Bonsai blog
10 Aug 2011

In his first post, Kew's resident bonsai specialist, Richard Kernick, introduces the bonsai collection at Kew Gardens. Find out more about the history of this unique collection, learn how the trees arrived at Kew and take a look behind the scenes.

The mysterious hanging diagrams of Museum No. 2

by: Caroline Cornish, Economic Botany blog
09 Aug 2011

One of Kew's PhD students investigates the beautiful posters that once hung in Kew's museums.

Summer Garden Flame by pallab seth, shared with Kew on Flickr

Highlights from Kew's 'Different worlds' Photo Challenge

09 Aug 2011

Throughout June and July 2011, we invited members of our 'Your Kew' and 'Natural Neighbourhood' Flickr groups to take part in our 'Different worlds' Photo Challenge. Philip Smith, Director of the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition, picks his favourites.


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Autumn treats in store

by: Christina Harrison, Kew magazine blog
09 Aug 2011

While we enjoy the end of summer, there's plenty to look forward to in autumn too - Kew's Arboretum is renowned for its colour and for its 'champions'.

An eye for the weather

by: Philip Smith, International Garden Photographer blog
04 Aug 2011

Philip Smith, organiser of International Garden Photographer of the Year, discusses how the weather is an integral part of good garden and plant photography.

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Madagascar palm exploration

04 Aug 2011

Kew botanists have recently described a further 14 new species of palms from Madagascar, located with the help of satellite technology.


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Summer in the Alpine House

by: Richard Wilford, Alpine and Rock Garden team blog
03 Aug 2011

The main flowering season for alpine plants is spring, but there are many mountain plants that flower in summer. You can see plenty of these now in the Davies Alpine House. But why do they flower now?

Insects and invasives: investigating threats to Turks and Caicos Islands plants

by: Martin Hamilton, UK Overseas Territories team blog
03 Aug 2011

The native plants of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) are under increasing threat from plants and animals that have been introduced to these Caribbean Islands in recent years.  In an effort to understand the biology of the invasive species, a team of Kew botanists and conservationists spent three weeks studying them and investigating the problems they cause.

Marianne North's painting methods revealed

by: Emma Le Cornu, Library, Art and Archives blog
28 Jul 2011

The Marianne North Gallery was officially re-opened earlier this year after conservation of the gallery and the paintings. Research and analysis into Marianne North’s painting materials and techniques has now also been completed, revealing the secrets behind her paintings and providing a fascinating  insight into her methods.

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