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Golden barrel cacti (Echinocactus grusonii)

Golden barrel cactus

25 Jul 2011

Conserving Mexico's dryland plants.


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Madagascar's flora

Madagascar's flora

25 Jul 2011

Kew's plant conservation work in Madagascar.


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Start At Kew

Start@Kew, a fun-filled interactive family eco-extravaganza!

22 Jul 2011

Start, an initiative by HRH The Prince of Wales to inspire the UK public to take simple steps towards achieving more sustainable living, is delighted to announce Start@Kew, a five day event at Kew Gardens full of simple ideas to get you started.


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Japanese Minka House

Come and see a unique live performance in the Minka House at Kew Gardens

21 Jul 2011

Visit Kew Gardens on Saturday 30 July and experience The empty pot fills, overflows, breathe. A unique spatialised music and dance performance.


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Gladiolus carinatus flower

Hotspot speciation

15 Jul 2011

A study of Gladiolus carinatus in South Africa has provided insights into the process of speciation in biodiversity hotspots.


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Kill or cure? The perils of nineteenth century medicine

by: Helen Hartley, Library, Art and Archives blog
08 Jul 2011

The death of the botanist Henry Trimen in 1896 was said to have 'baffled' his physicians, but evidence uncovered in Kew's Directors' Correspondence archive suggests his doctors may have killed him – accidentally of course!

The Upper Walled Nursery at Wakehurst

The Upper Walled Nursery at Wakehurst opens to the public for the first time

08 Jul 2011

Visit the Upper Walled Nursery at Wakehurst this summer and find out more about our work.


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Our garden for Chelsea comes to Kew Gardens

The Times Eureka Chelsea Garden comes to Kew for the summer

06 Jul 2011

We are delighted to announce that The Times Eureka Chelsea Garden, in association with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, will be on display near Victoria Gate from mid-July until this autumn. The show garden, designed by Marcus Barnett and which won a Silver Medal at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, highlights the significance of plants to science and society.


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Useful plants just got beautiful

by: Christina Harrison, Kew magazine blog
05 Jul 2011

That was one of the main messages of The Times Eureka garden at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show – useful plants should be appreciated for both their beauty and their vital utility.

Supporting the conservation of Bermuda's native plants

by: Shayla Ellick, UK Overseas Territories team blog
01 Jul 2011

Using Kew's historic botanical specimens, Shayla Ellick has spent a undergraduate sandwich-placement year finding out about the 600 plant species found on the UK Overseas Territory(UKOT) of Bermuda.  Combining digital high resolution images of the preserved plant specimens with information about the plants gathered from Kew's libraries and online botanical databases, she has added over 700 specimens to the UKOTs' Online Herbarium, to provide an invaluable conservation resource for the island.

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Hemerocallis fulva (orange daylily)

Hemerocallis fulva
orange daylily

The orange daylily bears a succession of striking orange-red flowers on long stems, but each flower lasts only one day, opening in the morning and closing in the evening.

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