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Tomatoes are among the Vegetable Medley which is currently transforming Kew's Palm House parterre into a stunning display of edible plants. You might imagine tomatoes originated on the sunny slopes of the Mediterranean - but you'd be wrong: for the birthplace of the noble tom is the remote desert oases of Peru.
Ascension Island provided an excellent venue for conservationists from the South Atlantic UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs) to meet for the first time to examine the status of their Protected Areas and to review techniques for monitoring their plants and animals.
By the year 2050 there will be 10 billion people in the world - but will there be enough food to feed them? That was the topic of a recent debate at the Royal Society, organised by Kew Gardens.
Strolling round the Chelsea Flower Show in this, its centenary year, I bumped into more ex-Kew Diploma students than ever before, broadcasting, writing, designing and building, and it made me realise what a huge contribution the diploma has made not only to gardening in the UK but around the world.
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 first of the series – the incredible cashew apple!
On Friday 14 June 2013 the Medicinal Plant Names Services team welcomed Marina Yannakoudakis (MEP for London) and her policy advisor, Matthew Green, to Kew Gardens to find out more about our work.
For amateurs and pros alike, Kew is the best place for snapping pics this autumn!
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.
Autumn at Kew Gardens this year looks set to be even more colourful than usual. The ever-popular pumpkins will be returning and our IncrEdibles festival will be shifting into its autumn phase with the opportunity to learn all about fascinating fungi and much more.
If you’re looking for something that’s incredibly easy to grow and gives quick gratification for your efforts than look no further than spinach! Like radish and lettuce, spinach should be at the top of anyone’s list for quick reliable growers that give bumper crops with very little effort.
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