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Keep up to date with what's happening at Kew, including updates from the teams working in the gardens, and our science and conservation teams working in the UK and around the world. Browse the latest posts below, or use the drop down list to visit your favourite blog for the latest news.
Whilst studying herbarium specimens collected from the Caribbean Islands, UKOTs intern Alex Roberts was thrilled to discover photographs taken during a plant collecting expedition to Dominica in 1940, tucked away alongside the plant specimens they portray.
In his fourth 'Seed of the Month' series, Wolfgang Stuppy exposes some fraudsters of the plant kingdom including the pretty but poisonous seeds of Abrus precatorius.
It's not just plant talk and garden gossip in the Directors' Correspondence; there are some letters which recount exciting (and rather scary!) events too, such as the late 19th century tiger attack in the Calcutta Botanic Gardens.
This year marks the 250th anniversary of Kew's 'Old Lions'. These magnificent trees are the oldest trees with known dates in the Gardens, dating back to 1762.
Read about a special display that has been produced for the Library Reading Room to celebrate Her Majesty's connections with Kew.
Philip Smith considers his recent workshops and lectures on the theme of ‘Better Plant and Garden Photography’ and notes that photography, like coffee, is better if it's not instant.
Read about the Gallery Team's exciting preparations for the David Nash exhibition.
Find out how Kew's GIS unit used remote sensing and field work to produce vegetation maps for the Harapan Rainforest Project.
With the weather being so unseasonably cold in the UK recently, I thought I'd share with you some botanical warmth down under with the highlights of botanic gardens in Sydney, Perth and Singapore.
We are bringing the unique and amazing plants that grow in the UKOTs, including those from the Caribbean, a little closer to you in celebration of International Day of Biological Diversity. Just a shame we can't bring the Caribbean weather too!
Keep up to date with events and news from Kew
11 Dec 2013
Scientists at Kew, the Natural History Museum and Oxford University produce the most ambitious e-taxonomic portal ever built for plants, delivering baseline information for all 70,000 monocotyledons (20% of all flowering plants).
04 Dec 2013
Roald Dahl’s much-loved tale Charlie and the Chocolate Factory comes to life at Kew Gardens for Easter 2014.
18 Apr 2012
A floral spectacular is in bloom in front of the Orangery at Kew Gardens to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic Games.
13 Mar 2012
Filmed over the course of a year at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Kingdom of Plants 3D provides a fascinating new look at plant life using stunning 3D time-lapse filming techniques. Own your personal copy today following the DVD and Blu-ray release.
What can scientific names tell us about a plant?: To Jason Irving: I wanted to write the following message to you on firstname.lastname@example.org but the message was ... by: Genevieve Vacherot
Orchid seeds – Nature’s tiny treasures: Thank you for the information. Would wish to add here that orchid seeds are diverse even in temperat ... by: Khaled Abulaila
Seed conservation in the Caribbean UK Overseas Territories: An excellent project bringing together UKOTs partners from across the Caribbean. I am working in BVI ... by: Martin