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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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Kew the Music 2011

08 Mar 2011

Our Summer Swing picnic concerts are re-launching as “Kew the Music” and we’re proud to announce this year’s stellar line-up.


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The history of working women at Kew

by: Michele Losse, Library, Art and Archives blog
08 Mar 2011

In celebration of International Women's Day, Michele blogs about the employment of women at Kew. The first women gardeners were appointed in 1896.

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Palmweb continues to grow

07 Mar 2011

Palmweb is a growing online encyclopaedia on palms which now contains descriptions of all genera and about half of all palm species.


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Traditional chain harrowing in Bloomers Valley using working horses from the Working Horse Trust

Grassland restoration at Wakehurst

03 Mar 2011

Experiments are in progress at Bloomers Valley at Wakehurst to determine the best methods for restoring semi-natural grassland of lowland meadows.


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Google Street View - Palm House interior

Google Street View adds Kew to its Special Collection

02 Mar 2011

Google has added Kew's paths and iconic glasshouses to the Street View gallery, allowing people from across the world to view and explore Britain’s most famous botanic garden.


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RAW memories Part 3: The imaging workflow - raw tiffs and jegs, and making sense of it all

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

Philip Smith cuts through the competing claims of image management software and offers a simple workflow structure that you can use and adapt for your own situation.

Nuytsia floribunda post-fire flowering

New views on the role of fire in the evolution of Mediterranean plants

01 Mar 2011

A new review of the characteristics of plants in Mediterranean climate regions has found little evidence that fire has played an important part in the diversification of the flora, contrary to previously held views.


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Wood of Dalbergia nigra

Chemistry aids conservation

01 Mar 2011

Scientists at Kew have discovered that a chemical present in Brazilian rosewood (Dalbergia nigra) can be used to identify imports of timber from this species that contravene international regulations, so aiding conservation.


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Guide to plants and vegetation of Ica

New guides to vegetation and habitat restoration in Peru, produced by Kew and its partners

01 Mar 2011

Promoting conservation, sustainable use and restoration of degraded areas in one of the driest places on earth


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