It's winter issue time and this season our horticultural sights are set on some tiny mountain gems.
It's not long now and the winter issue of Kew magazine will be out, delivered to all the Friends of Kew and available, bright and fresh, on the stands in Kew's shops. When you see the stunning cover you'll know that one of the main articles is about those little gems of the plant world – alpines.
Massonia pustulata, Image: Richard Wilford
Alpines are the plants we can rely on to brighten the winter season. Kew's manager of alpine collections, Richard Wilford, is the author of a new book from Kew publishing – Alpines, from mountain to garden, which is a treasure trove of information about alpines from all corners of the globe. In the winter issue, Richard has written a feature for us on how many of the familiar alpine species were first discovered and picks eight of his favourites, which you could try at home too. The book and the feature are packed with fab images. There's also a special offer for Kew magazine readers – so do take a look.
Dionysia aretioides, Image: Richard Wilford
Whether you get hold of the book or not – why not come and enjoy the wonderful displays in the Davies Alpine House, Rock Garden and nearby Woodland Garden at Kew this winter? Many visitors make a bee-line for this area to see the wide variety of species – from stunners such as the many snowdrops, Pulsatilla, Erythronium and saxifrages, to the truly bizarre such as the Massonia and Arum species there. Do make time to head in that direction on your next visit.
Christina accepts a Kew Publishing award at the Garden Media Guild awards in 2012.
Christina joined Kew in 1999 after finishing a BSc. degree in Plant Ecology and an Advanced National Certificate in Horticulture. After initially working as a horticulturist in Kew’s Arboretum and the Hardy Display section (on the Grass Garden) she went on to become Festivals Interpretation Officer between 2002-2008, helping Kew’s onsite visitors understand what makes Kew tick. In the meantime she completed an MA in Garden History, a subject that continues to be one of her passions.
Christina was short-listed for a Garden Writers Guild award in 2007 for one of her articles in Kew magazine, and is the author of Kew’s Big Trees, published in 2008. She became editor of Kew magazine in September 2008. “I see Kew magazine as a window on the world of Kew,” she says. “I hope between its pages the many facets of Kew’s work and the people who make it happen are revealed for all to see and encourage readers to continue to support Kew.”
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