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The 'Harcourt Scholars' - a family story

16 Mar 2011

Hidden away in the depths of Kew's archives is an application letter from a young man named Fredrick Harcourt, dated July 1911. The letter requests a position as a trainee gardener at Kew. One hundred years on, his daughter is supporting two new Horticulture Apprentices.


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IMG_1682a by Jan Harper on Flickr

Highlights from Kew's 'Capturing Colour' Photo Challenge

15 Mar 2011

In February 2011, we invited members of our 'Your Kew' and 'Natural Neighbourhood' Flickr groups to take part in our 'Capturing Colour' Photo Challenge. Here are some of our favourite photos.


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The judges' scores are in

by: Philip Smith, International Garden Photographer blog
15 Mar 2011

Ever wondered what happens to your IGPOTY entries once you have pushed the button to send them to us? We offer some tips and tricks to help your photographs get through the early rounds of judging.

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Publication of Samara 18/19 with a food security theme

15 Mar 2011

Samara is the newsletter of the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership.


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The Kew magazine spring issue is out now

by: Christina Harrison, Kew magazine blog
14 Mar 2011

There's plenty for everyone in the spring issue of Kew magazine - including a round up of published plant science stories from around the world.

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Conserving the starved wood sedge

14 Mar 2011

Staff at Wakehurst Place have reintroduced a critically endangered UK sedge to a site in Surrey.


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Seven islands in three weeks!

by: Pat Griggs, UK Overseas Territories team blog
11 Mar 2011

A team of island-hopping conservationists from Kew is spending three weeks in the British Virgin Islands, investigating the plant diversity of this Caribbean UK Overseas Territory.

The Davies Alpine House, five years on

by: Richard Wilford, Alpine and Rock Garden team blog
10 Mar 2011

The Davies Alpine House is five years old this month. See what changes have been made since it opened on 11 March 2006.

Tony visits the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens and mountains of southern Spain

by: Tony Hall, Arboretum team blog
09 Mar 2011

Follow Tony Hall, Manager of the Arboretum at Kew, on his visit to the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens. See the new rock garden they are creating and look at the wonderful array of wild Narcissus, orchids and spring flowering shrubs in the mountains of southern Spain.

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Waxcap conservation

09 Mar 2011

A new project at Kew will clarify species concepts in British waxcap fungi, and identify those species most in need of conservation.


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