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Science Strategy reveals reinvigorated vision for Kew’s science

Mon, 2015-02-23 16:28

Kew’s Science Strategy is published today. The strategy reveals a range of exciting new initiatives to be delivered by Kew, including:

New format for a traditional Flora

Cunoniaceae account for Flora of New Caledonia
Mon, 2015-02-23 10:39

New audiences may be crucial for conservation

Darwin's Birthday: 12 February

Wed, 2015-02-11 17:51

The orchid Chloraea magellanica was collected by Charles Darwin on 30 January 1834, during his famous Voyage of the Beagle, on Elizabeth Island (now Isla Isabel) in the Strait of Magellan. The great botanist Joseph Dalton Hooker used Darwin's specimen to name and describe this attractive plant in his Flora Antarctica of 1846. He wrote: "A perfectly distinct and very handsome species, confined in its habitat to that eastern portion of the Straits of Magalhaens, where, as Mr.

Book of the month - Treasured Trees

Tue, 2015-02-10 12:58

Treasured Trees is a fitting tribute to Kew’s signature trees and a celebration of their beauty, with beautiful botanical art at its centrepiece, accompanied by an entertaining and informative text. The book accompanies the exhibition Kew’s Heritage Trees at The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, from 21 February until 9 August 2015. 

Rory McEwen on BBC4

Photo of artist Rory McEwen standing next to two of his paintings of Auriculas.
Tue, 2015-02-10 12:16

Following the hugely successful Kew exhibition Rory McEwen: The Colours of Reality in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, and the publication of the accompanying award-winning book, BBC4 have made a programme on the life and art of Rory McEwen. Jools Holland tells the remarkable story of his father-in-law Rory, who was a uniquely gifted artist and folk singer, and a pioneering TV presenter.This programme is part of the Secret Knowledge series and will be aired on Friday (13 February) at 7.30pm. 

Half term at Wakehurst February 2015

Thu, 2015-02-05 13:54

There's the perfect chance to get out and about this half term with lots of fabulous leafy art and science activities at Wakehurst, which promises a host of pursuits to celebrate the start of spring, and children (under 17) are admitted free.

Enjoy the space and freedom of the 500-acre estate at Ardingly. Run, hop and jump your way round the exciting natural play spaces hidden across the garden and woodland.

New species found in Kew glasshouse

Nepenthes zygon
Wed, 2015-02-04 09:05

Each year Kew scientists publish numerous species of plants and fungi from around the world that are new to science. However, discovering one in a glasshouse at Kew, rather than a remote corner of the tropics, is unusual.

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