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An introduction to Kew's Illustrations Team

by: Julia Buckley, Library, Art and Archives blog
17 May 2011

Find out about the work of Kew's Illustrations Team and the world class resource they care for on a daily basis.

News - Hard Rain exhibition

Hard Rain: What'll You Do Now?

14 May 2011

Enjoy an inspiring new photography exhibition that illustrates Bob Dylan’s A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.


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Taraxacum officinale and its floral reflectance spectrum

Floral Reflectance Database (FReD)

13 May 2011

A new web portal allows users to download the reflectance spectra of flowers from around the world.


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Spice up your garden with roscoeas

by: Sue Skinner, Alpine and Rock Garden team blog
13 May 2011

If you want to spice up your garden then take a look at the exotic roscoeas. They are part of the ginger family, but are fully hardy in the UK and flower from now until late summer.

Epidendrum montserratense in vitro seedling

Conserving orchids endemic to islands

12 May 2011

Conservation Biotechnology at Kew is developing methods for the laboratory propagation of island-endemic orchids – species often under threat.


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Name that plant! Learning Plant ID skills at Kew

by: Gemma Bramley, Herbarium blog
11 May 2011

From 9-20 May we're running the RBG Kew Tropical Plant Identification course.  Find out how our participants, who have travelled to Kew from all over the world, are getting on.

Kew's Temperate House

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew launches fundraising campaign to restore the Temperate House following initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a £15m bid

10 May 2011

The Heritage Lottery Fund has given the green light to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to develop plans to restore the Temperate House and its surrounding landscape, it was announced today. Development funding of £890,900 was awarded to help progress plans for the £28m project.


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Children on a Thinking Walk at Kew

Great Plant Hunt adds a new 'Thinking Walk'

09 May 2011

Kew's innovative education project The Great Plant Hunt has created a new Thinking Walk to support the International Year of Forests


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Cyathostegia mathewsii

Museums of biodiversity in the Andes

09 May 2011

Scientists have discovered that the seasonally dry tropical forests in valleys of the Andes are millions of years old and in need of protection.


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Top professional tips to improve your macro shots

by: Philip Smith, International Garden Photographer blog
09 May 2011

Macro photography is one of the most popular techniques in the world of flower and plant imagery. Keeping focused on your subject is the key to successful close-up photography.

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Eucomis bicolor (pineapple lily) inflorescence

Eucomis bicolor
pineapple lily

The flowering stems of pineapple lily resemble a pineapple, with a cluster of cream buds topped by a crown of leafy green bracts.

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