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Exterior of Temperate House

Kew’s historic Temperate House receives £14.7m Heritage Lottery Fund grant

28 Mar 2013

The grant will enable vital conservation of this Grade One listed heritage building, the largest Victorian glasshouse in the world, and provide visitors with an inspiring new display, bringing to life why plants matter.


Celebrating David Livingstone's Bicentenary

by: Lorna Cahill, Library, Art and Archives blog
19 Mar 2013

To celebrate the bicentenary of African explorer David Livingstone, the Archives team reveal his connection to Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, and how you can see more of his letters online.

Your iPad as a window on Kew

by: Christina Harrison, Kew magazine blog
15 Mar 2013

Our spring issue of Kew magazine is out now, and it’s not on its own due to the magazine going all appy on iTunes.

Tracking black rhinos in Zambia

by: Paul Smith, Millennium Seed Bank blog
06 Mar 2013

Critically endangered black rhino have recently been reintroduced to the North Luangwa National Park in Zambia. Paul Smith, an expert in the vegetation of the area, is helping to identify the plant species that Rhinos rely on for their survival.

Mapping tools for botanists, part one: SimpleMappr

by: Steven Bachman, GIS team blog
27 Feb 2013

The first in a series of reviews by Kew’s Geographic Information Science (GIS) Unit of online mapping tools: this time we look at an online tool for distribution mapping called SimpleMappr

The 'Orchid King' and his army

by: Elisabeth Thurlow, Library, Art and Archives blog
25 Feb 2013

Read about the dangers of orchid collecting as Kew's graduate trainee repackages a collection of letters held in the Kew Gardens' Archives.

Restoring habitats in the Falkland Islands, one seed at a time

by: Alicky Davey and Tom Heller, UK Overseas Territories team blog
22 Feb 2013

Alicky Davey from Falklands Conservation and Tom Heller from Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank explain how collecting wild plant seed can help restore eroded habitats and pastures in the Falkland Islands.

Food for when all else fails - collect from the wild or cultivate?

by: Tim Harris, Herbarium blog
11 Feb 2013

A successful yam cultivation project in Madagascar cannot keep up with demand for cultivated yams.

Exploring new frontiers!

by: Helen Hartley, Library, Art and Archives blog
04 Feb 2013

The Director's Correspondence Digitisation Team is embarking on a new project. Join us as we journey back in time to 19th Century North America to uncover more tales of exploration, discovery and tragedy.

Children planting seeds Wakehurst Seed Swap

The Wakehurst Seed Festival, including the Seed Swap, at Kew's Millennium Seed Bank

31 Jan 2013

Following the success of our Great Seed Swap, held at Wakehurst for the last two years, this year Kew's Millennium Seed Bank is hosting the Wakehurst Seed Festival, including the Seed Swap.


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The Nagoya Protocol comes a step closer to fruition

by: China Williams, Kew Science blog
14 Mar 2014

China Williams, from Kew’s Conventions and Policy Section, reports on the latest international meeting to discuss a new legally binding regime governing access to genetic resources and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits – the Nagoya Protocol.

What's in a collection? The Herbarium at Kew

by: William Milliken, Kew Science blog
07 Mar 2014

William Milliken, Head of Kew's Tropical America team, examines the importance of Kew's collection of over seven million herbarium specimens, and how this resource is being used to tackle the global challenges of our time.

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