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.
How student conservators help care for Kew's collections
For the first time ever, visitors to Kew will be able to see two unique plants from the Caribbean island of Montserrat (normally kept safely behind the scenes) during the Volunteer Guides' hands-on sessions in this year’s Tropical Extravaganza.
Plant hunters frequently travelled across the world to discover new plants for science. Discover some of their adventures here with stories from Kew's Archives.
Take a walk on the wild side with botanist and plant hunter Henry Ridley, as Sarah discovers his animal encounters!
Using Kew's historic botanical specimens, Shayla Ellick has spent a undergraduate sandwich-placement year finding out about the 600 plant species found on the UK Overseas Territory(UKOT) of Bermuda. Combining digital high resolution images of the preserved plant specimens with information about the plants gathered from Kew's libraries and online botanical databases, she has added over 700 specimens to the UKOTs' Online Herbarium, to provide an invaluable conservation resource for the island.
The Marianne North Gallery was officially re-opened earlier this year after conservation of the gallery and the paintings. Research and analysis into Marianne North’s painting materials and techniques has now also been completed, revealing the secrets behind her paintings and providing a fascinating insight into her methods.
At this time of year there are some very special appearances in Kew Gardens. Why not come on a fungal foray to discover some weird and wonderful new friends.
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!
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.
If not, what's stopping you?
The sculptures are looking fantastic right now and there's plenty to see, whatever the weather.
Inspired by Kew's Incredibles Festival, Sarah Cody shares some lesser-known facts about barley, one of the world’s favourite crops and one of the 29 key crops of the Millennium Seed Bank and the Global Crop Diversity Trust's Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change project
Keep up to date with events and news from Kew
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.
13 Feb 2014
Dozens of plants are in flower as spring arrives early at Wakehurst Place, Kew’s country estate.
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.
Carnivorous plants at Kew: Terrifying. I flirted briefly with the idea of cultivating small carnivorous plants at home and the ... by: Barbara Denise
The parasitic purple toothwort, Lathraea clandestina, is flowering now.: A thrilling discovery in a woodland bog in mid west France. Purple clumps,islands of unexpected col ... by: Margaretta Barclay
Carnivorous plants at Kew: An excellent account of three of the four strategies of plant carnivory, with super illustrations. B ... by: Bill Chaloner