News from the Gardens at Kew and Wakehurst

Keep up to date with the latest news from the gardens at Kew and Wakehurst. Find out about upcoming festivals, events and activities and get information about new flowerings and garden highlights.

Coming up at Kew Gardens | Coming up at Wakehurst

Building the Tropical Extravaganza

by: Kirsty Watson, Tropical Nursery blog
16 Feb 2012

Experience Kew’s Tropical Extravaganza from an apprentice’s point of view.

New hollies for Kew's Holly Walk

by: Tony Hall, Arboretum team blog
15 Feb 2012

The Arboretum team continue the improvements to Holly Walk, planting new trees to ensure its future as a 'world's best' avenue of mature hollies.

Roses are red, violets are blue...and human heads are sign of good luck!

by: Virginia Mills, Library, Art and Archives blog
13 Feb 2012

As Valentine's Day approaches, discover the unusual way Taiwanese aborigines went about attracting a partner in the 19th Century, and why plant collector Richard Oldham said the Taiwan mountains were too dangerous a place to collect.

Displaying the letters of Augustine Henry

by: Virginia Mills, Library, Art and Archives blog
03 Feb 2012

The Directors' Correspondence team has just put some of the letters of botanist Augustine Henry on display in Kew's Library Reading Room. Find out why we chose him as our subject and how the display brings together material from many of Kew's behind-the-scenes collections.

Promoting Voices of Oral History in the USA

by: Michele Losse, Library, Art and Archives blog
31 Jan 2012

Michele, Assistant Archivist at Kew, blogs about her experiences at the American Oral History Society's annual conference held in Denver, Colorado, last October.

Palm house and waterlily house

Kew is recruiting a new Director

30 Jan 2012

After six years at Kew, the current Director (CEO and Chief Scientist), Professor Stephen D. Hopper FLS will be returning to Australia to take up a Chair in Biodiversity at The University of Western Australia.


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Travel the world and explore the past at Kew

by: Stephanie Rolt, Library, Art and Archives blog
19 Jan 2012

Discover the wealth of documents held at Kew’s Archives which can help us to create a picture of the lifestyles of travellers and explorers in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Antarctic heroes

by: Christina Harrison, Kew magazine blog
17 Jan 2012

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the day Captain Robert Falcon Scott and his team reached the South Pole. But did you know that in the Joseph Hooker exhibition at Kew Gardens, you can see a letter from Scott to Sir Joseph Hooker?

The winter flowering Cyclamen coum

by: Richard Wilford, Alpine and Rock Garden team blog
09 Jan 2012

It is said that you can have a cyclamen in flower every month of the year and January belongs to the diminutive Cyclamen coum.

Understanding colour for photographers

by: Philip Smith, International Garden Photographer blog
09 Jan 2012

Philip Smith shows you how your garden and plant photography can benefit from a richer understanding of  colour.

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