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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.
Kew's own Sir Joseph Hooker was the first Westerner to explore the majestic Mount Kanchenjunga. Read about other stories surrounding this mountain, inspired by a letter from the artist and writer, Edward Lear.
Discover more about the conservation work carried out on one of the most important, popular and fascinating collection in the Archives.
Read about the dangers of orchid collecting as Kew's graduate trainee repackages a collection of letters held in the Kew Gardens' Archives.
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...
The death of the botanist Henry Trimen in 1896 was said to have 'baffled' his physicians, but evidence uncovered in Kew's Directors' Correspondence archive suggests his doctors may have killed him – accidentally of course!
This month the Millennium Seed Bank's Seed Morphologist, Wolfgang Stuppy, has us salivating over the remarkable fruits of the ice cream bean (Inga edulis).
The Director's Correspondence Digitisation Team is embarking on a new project. Join us as we journey back in time to 19th Century North America to uncover more tales of exploration, discovery and tragedy.
Elisa Biondi explains why Kew, one of the most important botanic gardens in the world, buys orchids from Holland for its orchid festival.
In the space of 17 months, the status of the tiny Ascension Island parsley fern (Anogramma ascensionis) has gone from 'thought extinct' to 'secure' because of the amazing collaborative efforts of a small group of very dedicated people.
This week sees the publication of a new website, funded by the World Collections Programme, which reunites collections relating to the Danish botanist Nathaniel Wallich. Find out more about the man himself in the Directors' Correspondence collection.
Kew's GIS and South East Asia team report from the forests of Sumatra. This is the first of their posts.
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