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In the shadows - how to improve your photographs with one slick cursor move

by: Philip Smith, International Garden Photographer blog
10 Jan 2011

Previously on RAW passions, we left you with the tantalising prospect of exploring the world of RAW files to really push your photography forwards. In this second part - we deliver.

Kew members enjoy a free glass of wine at the Rock & Rose restaurant

Complimentary wine with lunch rocks!

07 Jan 2011

Kew Premier Friends' exclusive offer at the Rock & Rose restaurant in Richmond


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Signs of spring

by: Richard Wilford, Alpine and Rock Garden team blog
07 Jan 2011

We are in the depths of winter but there are already signs of spring appearing on the Rock Garden at Kew.

Floral formula of Cypripedium calceolus

Revised floral formulae and inflorescence terms

06 Jan 2011

Research into the structure and development of flowers and inflorescences has revealed that traditional descriptive methods are often inadequate. Scientists at Kew have therefore suggested revisions to floral formulae and inflorescence terminology.


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High Society - the culture and history of mind-altering drugs

by: Mark Nesbitt, Economic Botany blog
04 Jan 2011

Kew's Economic Botany Collection has been a major lender of psychoactive plants to the Wellcome Collection's exhibition 'High Society'.

People examining plant specimens in Kew's Herbarium

Kew and Missouri Botanical Garden announce the completion of The Plant List

29 Dec 2010

This landmark international resource is a working list of all land plant species, fundamental to understanding and documenting plant diversity and effective conservation of plants. This accomplishment is crucial to plant conservation efforts worldwide.


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Extinct to secure: how we saved Ascension’s endemic parsley fern

by: Colin Clubbe, UK Overseas Territories team blog
23 Dec 2010

In the space of 17 months, the status of the tiny Ascension Island parsley fern (Anogramma ascensionis) has gone from 'thought extinct' to 'secure' because of the amazing collaborative efforts of a small group of very dedicated people.

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Students help the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership to save a species

22 Dec 2010

A rare UK native plant has been ‘adopted’ by the Uckfield Community Technology College, with the seeds safely stored in Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst.


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UKOTs Programme achieves herbarium specimen digitisation milestone

by: Martin Hamilton, UK Overseas Territories team blog
21 Dec 2010

Martin Hamilton from Kew's UK Overseas Territories team reports on the latest news about the UKOTs Programme specimen digitisation activities.

Holly (Ilex aquifolium)

Holly Walk's berries add festive feel

21 Dec 2010

Take a stroll down Kew's Holly Walk to see a multitude of red, black and white berries.


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