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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.

Photo of a sweet chestnut tree

Kew News - Storm damage at Kew Gardens

28 Oct 2013

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew suffered some damage from the storm on Monday 28 October. This page will be updated as our damage assessment continues.


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A sandwich student's view of Kew's Herbarium

by: Lucy Gardner, Herbarium blog
25 Oct 2013

University of Durham student Lucy Gardner was lucky enough to get a place on the Kew Sandwich Student scheme. Here she describes her experiences.

Letters from India: some extracts from Joseph Hooker's historic correspondence.

by: Virginia Mills, Library, Art and Archives blog
24 Oct 2013

As we prepare to launch the Joseph Hooker Correspondence Project online, Virginia Mills selects extracts from the letters of this renowned 19th century botanist and one-time Director of Kew Gardens describing his pioneering exploration of India and the Himalayas.

On the trail of threatened plants in the British Virgin Islands

by: Martin Hamilton, Sara Barrios, UK Overseas Territories team blog
23 Oct 2013

During their recent visit to the British Virgin Islands (BVI) in the Caribbean, Martin, Sara and Marcella from Kew’s UK Overseas Territories team were searching for some of the islands’ threatened plants in an effort to understand the dangers they face.

National Nut Day

by: Tony Kirkham, IncrEdibles Food blog
22 Oct 2013

To celebrate National Nut Day the Head of Kew's Arboretum, Tony Kirkham, tells us a little more about what nuts are, where you can find them, and their uses.

Inspired to collect: The Alisa and Isaac M. Sutton Collection

by: Joanne Yeomans, Library, Art and Archives blog
17 Oct 2013

This Saturday a new exhibition opens at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art dedicated to the collection of American collector Isaac M. Sutton. Joanne Yeomans asked him about his passion for botanical art.

Horn of Plenty (Craterellus cornucopioides)

by: Ester Gaya, IncrEdibles Food blog
16 Oct 2013

Kew's IncrEdibles festival features Tom Hare's giant sculptures of some of the UK's most interesting fungi. Kew mycologist Ester Gaya tells us more about one of them, the amazing Horn of Plenty (Craterellus cornucopioides).

Pumpkin potjie display in the Waterlily House

Pumpkins in the Waterlily House

15 Oct 2013

A gallery of photos of pumpkins on display in the Waterlily House.


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Highlights from Kew's 'Sights of Summer' photo challenge

15 Oct 2013

In summer 2013, we invited members of our 'Your Kew' and 'Natural Neighbourhood' Flickr groups to take part in our 'Sights of Summer' photo challenge. Philip Smith, Director of the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition, comments on his favourites.


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