Whatever the vagaries of the British weather, the summer issue of Kew magazine has arrived!
The summer issue of Kew magazine should be landing on people's doormats today and tomorrow, and will appear in the Kew shops too.
In this issue there's a distinct IncrEdibles theme to celebrate Kew's summer festival of the same name. We've got a feature on the stars of the show - the bromeliads - which take centre stage at Kew with a large pineapple floating on the Palm House Pond!
Kew's Tutti frutti boating lake
You can read all about this fascinating group of plants in Richard Wilford's feature. There's also a beautifully illustrated feature on the Nosegay Garden at Kew and the useful and unusual herbs you can find there and in the Global Kitchen Garden. Renowned food writer Hattie Ellis takes us through the garden and picks a posy of her favourites for us to enjoy. There's even a delicious recipe from Peyton&Byrne for a wild garlic salsa verde to enjoy.
Discover more about bromeliads in our feature
We go behind the scenes to meet "the king of the jungle", Wes Shaw, the head of Kew's Palm House, to find out what it takes to look after one of the world's most famous and important glasshouses. He reveals some of the intriguing, and edible, plants he looks after and how every day is different.
There's unusual edibles too: edible flowers, a tree that tastes of onions, and the wild yams that Kew is helping communities in Africa and Madagascar to cultivate and conserve.
It's always good to get an opinion piece in the magazine and in this issue Guy Watson (BBC Farmer of the Year) discusses what kind of farming could ever be called sustainable, and whether we should be learning lessons from other parts of the world.
The Kew magazine summer issue is out now
As always there's lots to discover, and don't forget there's the whole list of events, talks, courses, tours and displays in our What's On section. You can plan your whole summer right here!
You can also find a lot more content in our app edition – there are four bonus features on edible plants – on lavender, mango, olive, and chilli, each with recipes for you to try. Kew's caterers Peyton&Byrne have also given us three summer salad recipes which you won't want to miss.
The Kew magazine app is free to Friends of Kew so, if you have access to an iPad, make sure you take a look today. You can also enjoy films, bonus slideshows, extra news items and easy links to Kew's website, shop and Youtube channel. Have a look now on iTunes.
I do hope you enjoy it.
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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