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

Flowers of Corylopsis sinensis (Chinese witch hazel)

Chinese witch hazel in flower

15 Apr 2010

In Kew's Woodland Garden, the flowers of this plant are giving off a wonderful lemony scent


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Magnolia campbellii

The magnolias are coming

01 Apr 2010

All around the garden flashes of colour are finally emerging after the seemingly everlasting winter. Most showy of all are the magnolias, furiously flowering for all they're worth.


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Misfortune in paradise

by: Caroline Wakeham, Library, Art and Archives blog
30 Mar 2010

Read about one 19th Century botanist's run of bad luck while collecting plants in Latin America. Every botanist has a different story to tell, although not always a happy one.

Jade vine

Kew today - Jade vine

30 Mar 2010

The cascading translucent sea-green flowers of the jade vine are in full bloom in the Palm House this week, a glorious sight beneath the canopy of green foliage


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Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postill'

Kew today - daphnes in flower

19 Mar 2010

The Spring season has been brightened by another gloriously scented winter flowering shrub, Daphne bholua, which is still covered in flowers this week.


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Growing our Collections - Archive accessions at Kew

by: Kiri Ross Jones, Library, Art and Archives blog
15 Mar 2010

Find out how Kew's archival collections are growing, what we do with the documents we receive each year and how you can get involved.

Edgeworthia chrysantha

Kew today - oriental paperbush

11 Mar 2010

After a long period in bud during the cold winter, clusters of highly fragrant flowers are beginning to open


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Chaenomeles x superba

Kew today - ornamental quince

11 Mar 2010

Perfect to train against a partly shaded wall, this beautiful plant is bursting into rich red flower.


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From South Africa to the UK

by: Steve Ruddy, Kew at the British Museum blog
05 Mar 2010

Steve posts about shipping plants from South Africa to the UK and his anxiety for their safe arrival.

Cornus mas (Cornelian cherry)

Kew today - Cornelian cherry

03 Mar 2010

A fabulous tree for wildlife, the early-flowering cornelian cherry is a blessing for foraging insects out and about at this time of year.


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