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.
It's just another working day for Angie Bell, one of Kew's Seed Processing Assistants, as she heads down the spiral staircase to the underground vault of the Millennium Seed Bank where she will be banking seeds from Malawi in sub-zero temperatures.
History student Betty Atkins writes about her experiences during a two week internship with the Archives department here at Kew, and what she has learned from her first hand encounter with historical documents.
Tim Harris and David Goyder are doing fieldwork in Angola which is providing information on the distribution of plants there which could be used for conservation.
In 2011 seed I collected from Wollemi pines growing at Kew were germinated in our Arboretum nursery, producing dozens of seedlings. Now, two years, on we have lots of new young plants to add to our collections.
UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs) intern Jean Linsky describes how plant specimens from Kew and elsewhere, combined with literature research and new and exciting software tools, are helping researchers determine the conservation status of Caribbean native plants.
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!
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