Go behind the scenes with Kew blogs
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.
If you've got a bad case of Olympic Fever why not head to Kew to continue to enjoy the spirit of the Games with the wonderful representations of the Olympic Rings and Paralympic logo in flower form? You can also see some of the tallest, oldest, fastest, weirdest and most beautiful plants on the planet right here.
You are at Kew with your camera and snapping away - but when you get home you may be disappointed - we have tips for you!
Will you join Kew’s quest to unlock the information hidden behind the closed doors of our Herbarium cupboards?
Many weird and wonderful subjects have been uncovered while digitising Kew's Directors' Correspondence collection. Read about a 19th century botanist's awe-inspiring encounter with a 'Spectre' in Jamaica's Blue mountains.
After previously exploring colourful, enigmatic, poisonous and sadistic seeds, in his new blog, Wolfgang goes nuts about nuts.
Once again, students at Camberwell College of Arts have breathed life into historical objects – this year, rice paper drawings, an Amazonian shield and a Canadian cradle.
A major outcome of a one-week plant conservation workshop hosted by the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, is the establishment of a Plant Conservation Task Force for Puerto Rico and the US and British Virgin Islands. The overall goal of the Task Force is to protect and sustain the native plant diversity of the Puerto Rican Bank.
If not, what's stopping you?
The sculptures are looking fantastic right now and there's plenty to see, whatever the weather.
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.
Keep up to date with events and news from Kew
22 May 2013
Kew has contributed to a groundbreaking report on the state of wildlife in the UK in time for International Day of Biological Diversity. It reveals that 60% of species studied have declined over recent decades.
14 May 2013
A new hypothesis has been proposed on why some seeds are hard.
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.
Brocken Spectres and Circular Rainbows: Hello Peggy! It's always nice to hear from the descendents of people who played an important part i ... by: Helen Hartley
Observations on a strange vegetable - the snake gourd: My Dad has grown gourds and pumpkin giants for over 30 years. He has the actual gourds in his house ... by: Ing
Brocken Spectres and Circular Rainbows: I am a direct descendant of Sir Daniel Morris. My paternal grandmother was Ruth Morris, one of three ... by: Peggy Farrington
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Wed, 22 May 2013 19:26:15
kewgardens: Biodiversity and conservation at Kew, and what you can do to help the #stateofnature http://t.co/iXWUHjFKt0 #naturesintrouble
Wed, 22 May 2013 17:01:00
kewgardens: Each year some of Kew's Herbarium botanists organise a Tropical Plant Identification Course. Read about it here: http://t.co/r51qERl2bO