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Oliver Whaley interviewing community member at Huarangal

Kew's projects in Peru

01 Mar 2011

Kew is working with local partners to help restore degraded areas and conserve native vegetation.


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The Chilean blue crocus, a real eyeful - and it's not a crocus!

by: Sue Skinner, Alpine and Rock Garden team blog
28 Feb 2011

Once thought extinct in the wild, the stunning blue-flowered Chilean blue crocus was rediscovered in the Andes near Santiago, Chile, in spring 2001. You can see it flowering now in the Davies Alpine House.

Everest sketch by Joseph Hooker, c.1848

Earliest European view of Everest found in Kew Archives

24 Feb 2011

A sketch by former Kew Director Joseph Hooker, found in Kew's archives, is thought to be one of the first recorded views of Mount Everest by a European.


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Delve into Kew magazine's archive

by: Christina Harrison, Kew magazine blog
23 Feb 2011

Did you know that you can browse recent articles from Kew magazine via our archive page?

Protea compacta growing in the South African Cape

Biogeography of Protea in the Cape

22 Feb 2011

Scientists are trying to understand the high diversity of plant species in the South African Cape by studying one of the region’s iconic genera – Protea.


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Adventure and discovery around the world with the plant hunters

by: Michele Losse, Library, Art and Archives blog
18 Feb 2011

Plant hunters frequently travelled across the world to discover new plants for science. Discover some of their adventures here with stories from Kew's Archives.

Fire in Eucalyptus woodland, Australia

Experts question aspects of prescribed burning

18 Feb 2011

Prescribed burning to reduce the hazards of bushfires may do more harm than good in some circumstances, according to a group of leading environmental scientists.


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Propagating unique Falkland Islands plants

by: Kit Strange, UK Overseas Territories team blog
17 Feb 2011

Kit Strange from Kew’s Hardy Display Section has recently returned from the Falkland Islands, where she worked with partners from Falklands Conservation on the continuing development of a collection of native plants.

Dionysia - flowering cushions in the Alpine House

by: Richard Wilford, Alpine and Rock Garden team blog
16 Feb 2011

Some of the most exquisite alpine plants are in the genus Dionysia. In early spring these cushion-forming plants are covered with flowers and are displayed in the Davies Alpine House.

KS Collecting in Cameroon

Cameroon conservation checklists

14 Feb 2011

The fifth and sixth books in the Cameroon Conservation Checklist series have been published, covering the regions of Dom and the Lebialem Highlands of Cameroon.


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