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Wakehurst lake restoration wins award

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Tue, 2014-07-22 15:37

Westwood Lake in Ardingly is part of the 600-acre Wakehurst estate, managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew for over 49 years.

Kew is a finalist in the Google Impact Challenge Award

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Fri, 2014-07-18 15:37

Kew has today been announced as a finalist in the 2014 Google Impact Challenge UK, which will award funding to 10 charitable projects using innovative technology to change the world.

Save 20% on Plantasia tickets

Special offer on Plantasia tickets
Mon, 2014-07-14 15:42

Join us for family fun at the Kew Gardens Summer Festival

Get two adult tickets for just £24 when you book online by 25 July 2014 using promotional code, family14.

Attractions this summer include the Barefoot Walk, the newly-opened Log Trail, and Plant Family Croquet. With the spectacular horticultural displays and Gin & Tonics Garden for the grown-ups, there is something for all the family at our Plantasia summer festival.

Aristolochic acid nephropathy

Photo of a herbal medicine shop in Old Dhaka, Bangladesh
Fri, 2014-07-11 13:20

Use of Aristolochia in herbal medicines has been associated with kidney damage (aristolochic acid nephropathy or AAN) in several countries but its true incidence is unknown, for example, in the Indian subcontinent. PhD student Johanna Michl (University College London/Kew) has combined ethnobotanical and phytochemical surveys to provide evidence for the risk of AAN occurring in Bangladesh.

Evolution of Europe’s rarest orchid

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Mon, 2014-07-07 15:09

The IUCN Red List of endangered species currently recognises only one species of butterfly-orchid on the mid-Atlantic Azorean archipelago. However, a recent monographic study, published in PeerJ, unequivocally revealed the presence of three butterfly-orchid species on the islands, although it reinforced the idea of a single immigration event by airborne seed from mainland Europe.

Kew publishes world-leading book on Erythronium by Kew horticulturist

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Tue, 2014-07-01 14:16

Seven years of research, sometimes in less than hospitable locations around the globe, lie behind Dr Chris Clennett’s new book - The Genus Erythronium: A Botanical Magazine Monograph. By day Chris works in the beautiful botanic gardens of Wakehurst Place at Ardingly, but to write the learned tome on Erythronium he had to climb remote mountain ranges in California and even follow in the path of grizzly bears.