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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!
This month the Millennium Seed Bank's Seed Morphologist, Wolfgang Stuppy, introduces us to the freaky blue fruits of Decaisnea insignis. The taste is sweet and refreshing but this fruit is eerily known as ‘dead man’s finger’.
In the hot weather we are having, the Woodland Garden is a haven of cool shade. Amongst the lush foliage, look out for the beautiful flowers of summer lilies.
At the top of the Broadwalk by the Palm House pond you can enjoy an unusual summer display of Bromeliads as a part of Kew’s celebration of edible plants.
A peculiar pineapple, a recipe for pumpkin and some alternative appetisers – see what incredible edibles we've uncovered in Kew's DC Archive!
Keep up to date with events and news from Kew
11 Dec 2013
Scientists at Kew, the Natural History Museum and Oxford University produce the most ambitious e-taxonomic portal ever built for plants, delivering baseline information for all 70,000 monocotyledons (20% of all flowering plants).
04 Dec 2013
Roald Dahl’s much-loved tale Charlie and the Chocolate Factory comes to life at Kew Gardens for Easter 2014.
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.
What can scientific names tell us about a plant?: To Jason Irving: I wanted to write the following message to you on firstname.lastname@example.org but the message was ... by: Genevieve Vacherot
Orchid seeds – Nature’s tiny treasures: Thank you for the information. Would wish to add here that orchid seeds are diverse even in temperat ... by: Khaled Abulaila
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