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Kew’s first Singapore Botanic Gardens Lee Foundation-sponsored MSc students start course in London

MSc students from Singapore
Mon, 2016-09-26 16:48

Three Lee Botany and Biodiversity Scholars start their year-long Masters course at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew this week. Their presence is thanks to a unique partnership between the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Singapore Botanic Gardens (SBG) through the National Parks Board of Singapore (NParks). The partnership, which is supported by a grant from the Lee Foundation, will help fulfil the goal of both botanical institutions to cultivate and spread botanical knowledge.

Kew’s Grow Wild voted Best Environment Project in the National Lottery Awards 2016

Anita Rani at Grow Wild Scotland flagship site, Barrhead Water Works
Tue, 2016-08-23 09:21

Supported by the Big Lottery Fund, Grow Wild is the national outreach initiative of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Through us millions of people are doing something positive where they live; connecting with wild flowers, plants and places around them, taking notice of nature, getting active, learning new things and sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm.

Explore Kew’s first Science Festival

girl with magnifying glass
Tue, 2016-07-12 14:29

Celebrating ground-breaking scientific discoveries and the work of Kew scientists, this family friendly festival will showcase the importance of plant and fungal research and the need for conservation.

Visitors can get hands-on and interactive with Kew’s science in a way that will spark a lifelong interest in plants and fungi. Through onsite workshops and activities led by Kew scientists, researchers and students, the aim is to raise awareness of a wide range of important scientific issues.

Help us solve the mystery of the 2,000 year-old medicinal plant

<em>Aloe vera</em> in Kew's Princess of Wales Conservatory
Tue, 2016-06-28 09:26

This crowdfunding campaign ended on 4 August 2016.

Thank you to all those who contributed.

Natural product superstar

Aloe vera is one of the most commonly used ingredients in our shopping basket today—from cosmetic products to skin care medicines—and is even rumoured to have been a staple in Cleopatra’s beauty regime some 2,000 years ago. But the ingredient in our supermarket baskets is a botanical mystery. How did this species go from a wild plant to a natural product superstar?

Grow Wild shortlisted for National Lottery Award – vote now!

Lady dressed as a bee in wildflower meadow
Mon, 2016-06-27 14:50

Grow Wild is the national outreach initiative of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew – engaging people outside the garden walls in why plants matter.

“Before there was nothing round here for people my age, but now they’re all getting together and volunteering,” says Carla from her Grow Wild community project in Northern Ireland.

Kew staff on the Somme, 100 years on

Somme 100 poster with CWGC logo
Tue, 2016-06-14 10:05

Kew’s wartime legacy is tied closely with that of the birth of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC). In 1916, Sir Arthur Hill, then Assistant Director of Kew, became the very first plant expert (or ‘Botanical Advisor’) to work with the fledgling Graves Registration Commission, which had been hastily established as a result of the huge number of losses during the First World War.