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.

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Honey bees at Kew

Where the wild things are: wildlife, natural flora and fungi at Kew

24 Sep 2009

A surprising abundance of wildlife can be found in the Gardens – Sandra Bell outlines how and why Kew keeps track of them.


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FDN Don Summer Meadows

Help us create an English meadow at Wakehurst Place

23 Sep 2009

Meadows - a vanishing landscape. Old hay meadows provide a rich haven for biodiversity, and were once a common feature of our landscape. Help Kew turn Bloomers Valley at Wakehurst Place into a new English meadow.


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branch and berry of a yew

The bark from yew trees has been helping the fight against cancer since the 1960s

17 Sep 2009

The Pacific yew (Taxus brevifolia) is one of 500 yews at Kew and has important medicinal uses. Extracts from the bark of the Pacific and common yew are used in treatment for ovarian and breast cancer.


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Trunk of Whomping Willow

Harry Potter's Whomping willow is moulded from the bark of Kew's elderly sweet chestnut tree

16 Sep 2009

Harry Potter fans will be delighted to learn that the Whomping willow of Hogwart's School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is actually modelled on Kew’s magnificent sweet chestnut tree.


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Jurupai brazilian wood trumpet

A jurupari ceremonial wooden trumpet donated by Richard Spruce is being exhibited at Kew

16 Sep 2009

Kew's Jurupari ceremonial Brazilian trumpet is just one of the treasures held in Kew’s Economic Botany Collection. It was donated to Kew's collection by 19th-century plant collector Richard Spruce.


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Ginkgo biloba at Kew

The maidenhair tree from Princess Augusta’s original botanic garden is still thriving at Kew

14 Sep 2009

Ginkgo biloba is one of the few trees that survive from Princess Augusta’s original 1762 botanic garden.


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