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Kew Librarian Craig Brough writes about the influential 19th century gardening author William Robinson, his garden at Gravetye Manor, and their connection to Kew.
As part of my internship at Kew, I have been repacking some models of farming tools from Japan. As so often in Kew’s Economic Botany Collection, research on the items has revealed an interesting story, in this case of Japanese relations with Korea and Britain.
Horticulturalist Eli Biondi writes about the wonderful world of cacti - from the bright vibrant flowers to the succulent and juicy fruits and their uses.
Our newest member of the MPNS team explains how he came to discover that using plant names was not as simple as it first seemed...
For the IncrEdibles festival Kew’s resident seed specialist Wolfgang Stuppy is contributing bite-size features about weird and wonderful edible plants from around the world. In the third of the series – the dead man's finger!
This month the Millennium Seed Bank's Seed Morphologist, Wolfgang Stuppy, introduces us to the freaky blue fruits of Decaisnea insignis. The taste is sweet and refreshing but this fruit is eerily known as ‘dead man’s finger’.
In the hot weather we are having, the Woodland Garden is a haven of cool shade. Amongst the lush foliage, look out for the beautiful flowers of summer lilies.
At the top of the Broadwalk by the Palm House pond you can enjoy an unusual summer display of Bromeliads as a part of Kew’s celebration of edible plants.
A peculiar pineapple, a recipe for pumpkin and some alternative appetisers – see what incredible edibles we've uncovered in Kew's DC Archive!
We’ve had an interesting day today – not only have we spent most of the day photographing willow artist Tom Hare and his team (a joy in itself), but we've had to dodge thunder, lightning, heavy rain and then bright, fiercely hot sunshine.
Keep up to date with events and news from Kew
14 Mar 2014
Wakehurst is hosting public meetings about the introduction of car parking charges. After the first meeting (Monday 17 March) you will be able to read here the statement from Head of Wakehurst, Andy Jackson, and responses to questions raised in the meeting.
18 Feb 2014
Later this spring we will be introducing charges for car parking at Wakehurst. The charges are likely to commence from mid to late April, but the exact timing will depend on the completion of the installation works.
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.
Evelyn Cheesman’s blue orchid: Thanks for your comment, Iwein. It is shocking that even such a remote and beautiful island as Waige ... by: Andre Schuiteman
Evelyn Cheesman’s blue orchid: "Let’s hope that there is still a chance to find out" is a pretty good way to end your fascinating a ... by: Iwein Mauro
What's in a collection? The Herbarium at Kew: Thank you very much for this publication and very interesting information. by: Nataliya Kovtonyuk