Since 1991 Kew magazine has been bringing you news of Kew's work and the wonders of the plant world.
In the spring issue of Kew magazine (out in the first week of March) we'll be marking the 20th anniversary of Kew's flagship publication with a look back over 20 of the key ways Kew has made a difference in the past two decades. It was really interesting to put this list together, and very hard to limit it to just 20 in number.
It was a poignant reminder of the importance of Kew's work and just how wide-ranging it is – from saving and caring for endangered species, to dealing with Customs' seizures, to putting on fascinating exhibitions and educational programmes, to running the world's largest ex situ conservation project in the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership.
The Wellcome Trust Millennium Seed Bank building at Wakehurst (Image: RBG Kew)
Nearly all of Kew's work is done in partnership with other organisations, and with funding bodies and supporters. It is heartening to see that so many people can work together with the goal of documenting, researching and conserving plant life.
Hot onto the presses
We've literally just sent our spring issue off to press and we hope there is something for everyone in there - Richard Wilford takes a look at Kew's beautiful pasque flower (Pulsatilla) collection on the Rock Garden and revels in the glorious spring magnolias, and we take a peek behind the scenes at the (very) curious objects in the Economic Botany Collection too.
Kew has 85,000 objects in its Economic Botany Collection (Image: RBG Kew)
Thank you for your help
We've just brought our reader survey to an end as well, and there have been some very interesting and supportive comments! Thank you. We'll be taking time to look over what everyone has said, and using the results to inform our decisions over the six months about the design and content of the magazine. One lucky winner and a friend will be enjoying an orchid-inspired afternoon tea in the Orangery during Tropical Extravaganza as their prize. Do come along and see the festival in the Princess of Wales Conservatory this month – I popped in earlier today and it is truly stunning.
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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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