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The main flowering season for alpine plants is spring, but there are many mountain plants that flower in summer. You can see plenty of these now in the Davies Alpine House. But why do they flower now?
In his first post, Kew's resident bonsai specialist, Richard Kernick, introduces the bonsai collection at Kew Gardens. Find out more about the history of this unique collection, learn how the trees arrived at Kew and take a look behind the scenes.
During a recent field trip to the Caribbean island of Montserrat, two members of Kew staff discovered plant species which had not previously been known to occur on the island.
On the 100th anniversary of the death of one of the greatest botanists of the Victorian era, Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker, find out about the unique plants that he encountered on his visits to the UKOTs and how this experience influenced his theories on plant distribution, which he later shared with Charles Darwin.
Discover the wealth of documents held at Kew’s Archives which can help us to create a picture of the lifestyles of travellers and explorers in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Colourful bulbs and scented flowering shrubs are brightening up the coldest days in Kew's Arboretum - with the promise of better things to come.
Kew photographer Paul Little has just returned from accompanying a field trip to the Highlands of Ethiopia to research the impact of climate change on the vital coffee crop. Read part one of his diary of the trip.
Our library trainee, Marc, blogs about the display he and Elisabeth Thurlow have curated on Alfred Russel Wallace, and looks at some of the connections between this eminent naturalist and Kew
Introducing the Joseph Dalton Hooker Correspondence Project, a new initiative by Kew to digitise and transcribe the letters of Joseph Hooker, great Victorian explorer-botanist and renowned director of Kew Gardens. Find out more about the man and the project.
Ever considered volunteering to help at Kew's world-leading Millennium Seed Bank? Jean Helliwell explains what volunteering involves.
As the GIS Unit gears up for its second field trip to Peru, I thought I would share some thoughts and observations from our first trip in October and November 2012.
Keep up to date with events and news from Kew
04 Dec 2013
Roald Dahl’s much-loved tale Charlie and the Chocolate Factory comes to life at Kew Gardens for Easter 2014.
02 Dec 2013
Overleaf is a delightful and beautiful book dedicated to foliage with stunning botanical paintings and thought-provoking text.
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.
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
What can scientific names tell us about a plant?: please expand the article! alba/purpurea and foetida/odorata are pretty easy to guess. some names in ... by: gina
A snapshot of extinction in action: A wonderful, but mis-headlined bit of research on a genus that is new to me. Rather than a "snapshot ... by: Carlo A. Balistrieri