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Suffragettes at Kew

by: Miriam Hopkinson, Library, Art and Archives blog
08 Nov 2013

Miriam, the new Archives Graduate Trainee, discovers more about the suffragette attacks at Kew 100 years ago.

News from Kew's Sampled Red List Index for plants

by: Maiko Lutz, GIS team blog
07 Nov 2013

Maiko Lutz from Kew's Geographic Information Science (GIS) Unit gives an update on the Sampled Red List Index (SRLI) project for plants.

What can scientific names tell us about a plant?

by: Jason Irving, Medicinal Plant Names Services blog
05 Nov 2013

In the first in a series of posts about plant nomenclature, Jason Irving explains the meanings of some Latin plant names and what they can tell us.

Controlled pollination

by: Noelia Alvarez, Millennium Seed Bank blog
04 Nov 2013

Our horticultural team is carrying out controlled pollinations in the Display Houses. Seed Collector Officer, Noelia Alvarez, from the Tropical Nursery Team explains how it is done and the reasons behind it.

Apples and pears at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art

by: Caroline Cornish, Economic Botany blog
01 Nov 2013

The new exhibition at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art - 'Botanicals, Environmental Expressions in Art from the Alisa and Isaac M. Sutton Collection' - includes some intriguing models of apples and pears sent to Victorian England from Australia.

Gilophorus reginae

Jubilee waxcap

31 Oct 2013

Kew mycologists discover two new species of waxcap mushroom, one named to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.


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How to carve a halloween pumpkin

by: Max Warren, IncrEdibles Food blog
31 Oct 2013

Inspired by the pumpkin carving masterclasses currently on at Kew Gardens, Max Warren demonstrates how to make your own Halloween pumpkin lantern at home.

History of art in the Directors' Correspondence: the painting of an iconic Kew image

by: Helen Hartley, Library, Art and Archives blog
30 Oct 2013

Spiridione Gambardella's portrait of Sir William Jackson Hooker is an iconic image of the great man - but how did this painting come about? Letters in the Kew's Directors' Correspondence collection shed some light on the process.

Photo of carved pumpkin with Grow Wild Vote sticker

Vote now to help create a Grow Wild haven for UK native wild flowers

29 Oct 2013

We are excited to announce the next stage of the Grow Wild campaign: your vote will help decide which lucky community in Scotland will be transformed into a wildlife haven.


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Seed collecting in the Pyrenees

by: Teresa Gil, Millennium Seed Bank blog
29 Oct 2013

Teresa Gil, European Partnership Officer from Kew Gardens Millennium Seed Bank Partnership, describes a seed collecting trip in the Pyrenees.

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Hymenophyllum tunbrigense (Tunbridge filmy fern)

Hymenophyllum tunbrigense
Tunbridge filmy fern

The delicate, translucent fronds of Tunbridge filmy fern are only one cell thick, contributing both to its beauty and vulnerability.

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