Plants in action at Kew
Plants are essential for clear air and water, food medicine and fuel. About 70% of the world’s population rely on plants for medicine. Scientists at Kew endeavour to discover new ways to make use of plants for good and share this knowledge with others.
24 May 2011
Kew's garden at Chelsea Flower Show 2011 showcases the significance of plants to science and society, through an eye-catching and innovative design by Chelsea gold medallist Marcus Barnett. See more photos of the garden on Kew's Flickr page and tell us what you think!19 likes
15 Jan 2011
Kew is delighted to announce that it is working in partnership with The Times to create a garden showcasing the significance of plants to science and society, through an eye-catching and innovative design by Chelsea gold medallist Marcus Barnett.42 likes
04 Jan 2011
Kew's Economic Botany Collection has been a major lender of psychoactive plants to the Wellcome Collection's exhibition 'High Society'.
07 Oct 2010
The South American country of Guyana (formerly British Guiana) has a rich biological and cultural heritage, well-represented in Kew's Economic Botany Collection. A research project seeks to view the historic collections in the context of today's people and environment.
01 Oct 2010
Kew scientists are involved in two recently funded projects that will optimise the use of plants as natural pesticides in Africa.11 likes
30 Sep 2010
A visitor to Kew sheds light on tapa cloth made 170 years ago by her Polynesian forebears.
18 Aug 2010
Jamaican artefacts from Kew go on display at the Royal College of Physicians - marking the 350th anniversary of the birth of Sir Hans Sloane, botanist, physician and collector.
26 May 2010
The lace-bark tree is the source of a beautiful natural lace, and was a vital part of Jamaican culture for 400 years. Inspired by lace-bark artefacts at Kew, Emily Brennan and Lori-Ann Harris search out the tree and its users in the Jamaican countryside.
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News from the Gardens
04 Dec 2013
Roald Dahl’s much-loved tale Charlie and the Chocolate Factory comes to life at Kew Gardens for Easter 2014.
14 Nov 2013
Kew Gardens is looking for acoustic bands and groups (up to 10 people) to perform at Kew this Christmas.
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.