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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IGPOTY exhibition at Wakehurst Place

by: Philip Smith, International Garden Photographer blog
18 Jul 2013

Come and see the International Garden Photography of the Year (IGPOTY) exhibition at Wakehurst Place. And Philip Smith offers some top tips for photographing plants and water.


John Lindley, the man who saved Kew

by: Joanne Yeomans, Library, Art and Archives blog
11 Jul 2013

John Lindley, botanist, gardener and orchidologist, is little known nowadays but he played a vital role in preserving Kew Gardens for the nation. Now Kew's exhibition of works by his great grandson, Rory McEwen, is reviving interest in his role and in his own artworks.

Come and see Kew's glorious giant Himalayan lilies

by: Richard Wilford, Alpine and Rock Garden team blog
05 Jul 2013

A glorious display of the giant Himalayan lily, Cardiocrinum giganteum, can be seen now in the dappled shade of the Woodland Garden at Kew.

Photo of the Temperate House in summer

Last chance to visit Kew's historic Temperate House before five year restoration begins

28 Jun 2013

Visitors to Kew Gardens have a last chance to see this magnificent Grade 1 listed glasshouse before it closes for restoration on Sunday 4 August 2013.


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Autumn at Kew is a photographer’s delight

by: Imogen Dent, Kew Gardens' group visits blog
20 Jun 2013

For amateurs and pros alike, Kew is the best place for snapping pics this autumn!

Rock and water

by: Richard Wilford, Alpine and Rock Garden team blog
20 Jun 2013

Rock gardens provide a variety of habitats, not just rocky slopes and cliffs. Many rock gardens have a stream or waterfall and Kew’s Rock Garden, with its pools, streams and seven waterfalls, is no exception. The conditions are perfect for a range of moisture-loving plants.

Meet award-winning botanical illustrator Lucy Smith & discover her line drawings

by: Julia Buckley, Library, Art and Archives blog
17 Jun 2013

Lucy Smith recently won second prize in the Margaret Flockton award for botanical illustration. Read about her work as a botanical illustrator at Kew.

How we created the IncrEdibles bag for life

by: Imogen Driver, IncrEdibles Food blog
13 Jun 2013

Here in the Kew Buying Team we decided it was time to add some fun to our Summer range and the IncrEdibles festival has given us the perfect excuse!

The last tulip

by: Richard Wilford, Alpine and Rock Garden team blog
10 Jun 2013

As summer finally arrives, the spring bulbs fade and gradually die down for their summer rest. Most tulips have long finished flowering - but there is one species that waits until June to display its bright scarlet blooms.

The beginnings of Missouri Botanical Garden

by: Virginia Mills, Library, Art and Archives blog
10 Jun 2013

Letter and plans from Kew's Directors' Correspondence archive give a glimpse into the humble beginnings of one of botany's most revered institutions - Missouri Botanical Garden - and its founder Henry Shaw.

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