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Kew Specialist Certificates in Horticulture

Certificate information

Kew Specialist Certificates are 12 month, salaried training (currently £14,255, which includes a book allowance of £725). Perfect for horticulturists wishing to specialise in a particular area of horticulture by spending a full year within that area of specialism. Open to horticulturists anywhere in the world who would like to come to Kew to undertake some professional training in some of Kew’s unique plant collections.

State of the World's Plants report released by Kew

Photo of Pantanal biome in Brazil
Mon, 2016-05-09 15:27


The report provides a baseline assessment of current knowledge on the diversity of plants on earth, the global threats plants face, the policies in place and their effectiveness in dealing with threats. The report has taken a year to produce and involved more than 80 scientists.

Kew Specialist Certificate in Ornamental Horticulture


  • One year, September to September

The programme involves:

  • working on a rotational basis within the following areas, Rose collections, Seasonal bedding displays, Rock Garden (inc. Davies Alpine House), Aquatic Garden, Woodland Garden, Grass Garden and the Great Broadwalk Borders
  • Students undertaking a two week exchange with other ornamental horticultural students from another horticultural organisation eg RHS Garden, or a National Trust garden

The coursework involves:

‘Lost tree’ returns to Kew Gardens to mark the Queen’s birthday

Photo of Diospyros virginiana (persimmon) being planted
Wed, 2016-04-20 11:23

Kew Gardens honoured the occasion by planting a Diospyros virginiana, a persimmon, on the Orangery lawn.

It is thought the original was lost when the Sun Temple was destroyed by a falling tree in 1916.

The persimmon is located a short distance from where the Queen planted a Ginkgo biloba tree in 2009 to mark 250 years of Kew Gardens.

Missing: 70% of crop wild relatives

Tue, 2016-03-22 10:11

The research, carried out by The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in coordination with the Global Crop Diversity Trust (Crop Trust) and the Royal Botanic Gardens (RBG), Kew, has revealed significant gaps in the world’s genebanks, in terms of Crop Wild Relatives (CWR) diversity.

Over 70% of essential crop wild relative species are underrepresented and in need of urgent collection. The paper identifies which species are a priority, and where the hotspots for collections are.