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Padoga tree (Styphnolobium japonicum) at Kew

New compounds from Old Lions

20 Jan 2011

During Kew’s 250th anniversary year, researchers at Kew studied the chemistry of two of Kew’s ‘Old Lions’ and discovered nine natural substances new to science.


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Botanical challenge: Identifying specimens in Kew's Herbarium

by: Gemma Bramley, Herbarium blog
18 Jan 2011

Find out how Kew botanists, specialising in the flora of southeast Asia, get together every Friday afternoon for the 'family sort' of specimens newly arrived to the Herbarium.

Highlights from the Marianne North Gallery Conservation Project

by: Eleanor Hasler, Library, Art and Archives blog
17 Jan 2011

As the Marianne North Gallery Conservation Project draws to a close, Eleanor Hasler looks back at the highlights of over two years working in the Marianne North Conservation Studio.

Designer Marcus Barnett's Times Eureka Garden Design

Kew teams up with The Times for Chelsea 2011

15 Jan 2011

Kew is delighted to announce that it is working in partnership with The Times to create a garden showcasing the significance of plants to science and society, through an eye-catching and innovative design by Chelsea gold medallist Marcus Barnett.


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Discover the show-stopping Nymphaea 'Arc-en-ciel'

by: Sam Crosfield, Tropical Nursery blog
14 Jan 2011

Find out about the show-stopping, psychedelic and truly unique waterlily, Nymphaea 'Arc-en-ciel', which is grown in the aquatic zone of the Tropical Nursery and displayed to the public in the Princess of Wales Conservatory.

Chartwell Green Collection

A new collection of Kew pots

14 Jan 2011

Kew Shop is pleased to introduce a beautiful range of hand-thrown plant pots


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The naming of a mistletoe

by: Tim Harris, Herbarium blog
13 Jan 2011

Find out how collaboration between mistletoe experts and the Drylands Africa team in the Herbarium resulted in a new species of mistletoe being documented.

The team in Mozambique's coastal forest

Botanical surveys of the coastal forests of Mozambique

13 Jan 2011

Fieldwork in the coastal forests of northern Mozambique has so far led to the discovery of 20 new species and 50 species not previously recorded in the country.


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Hamamelis intermedia

Witch hazels in flower

13 Jan 2011

Beside the Ice House and in the Winter Garden several hybrid witch hazels are in full spidery flower.


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Towering black pine near the Rock Garden

Highlights from Kew's 'Winter Up Close' Photo Challenge

11 Jan 2011

In December 2010, Kew invited members of its 'Your Kew' and 'Natural Neighbourhood' Flickr groups to take part in our 'Winter Up Close' Photo Challenge. Here are some of our favourite photos.


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