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New research shows daisies first appeared when dinosaurs walked the Earth

Daisy meadow
Fri, 2015-08-07 18:39

The study of fossil pollen grains by a group of researchers, including Kew scientists, revealed the daisy family, Asteraceae, to be 20 million years older than previously assumed.

Kew Modular Certificate in Tender and Tropical Nursery Practices

Duration:

Option 1 — Moist unit — April to June
Option 2 — Orchid Collections — April to June
Option 3 — Temperate Collections — April to June
Option 4 — Arid unit — April to June

Introduction:

The Tropical Nursery is the tender plant raising and reserve facility for the Garden Nurseries and Display horticulture section. The nursery provides facilities for the propagation, establishment and growing of plants from various habitats encountered within the tropical / subtropical regions. These plants are produced to support the public conservatories, for educational purposes, conservation and for scientific reasons by Kew and visiting scientists.

The nursery covers an area of 6500 m2 and is divided into 21 climatic zones. These zones are distributed into four units – Arid unit, Moist unit, Orchids and Temperate Unit. The nursery contains approx. 44,000 plants and is one of the world’s most diverse plant collections, including plants threatened with extinction.

Options available:

Option 1 - Moist unit

The eight environments that comprise this unit cover a wide range of tropical and subtropical plants. The main collection of plants are Araceae, Bromeliaceae, Marantaceae, Zingiberaceae, Begoniaceae, Piperaceae, Gesnariaceae, Passifloraceae, aquatic plants, tropical and temperate ferns and tropical conservation island flora. Within the unit we propagate plant material for the tropical glasshouse.

During this period skills learned will include:

  • manual irrigation specific to individual plants
  • manual fertilisation, mixing feeds, monitoring conductivity and monitoring for nutrition deficiencies
  • monitoring for optimal plant health and horticultural standards
  • pruning, staking and flower development
  • potting requirements for individual species
  • propagation methods including those specific to each nursery unit
  • cultivation of epiphytic plants

Option 2 - Orchid Collections

Orchids have been cultivated at Kew for more than two centuries, it is one of the oldest and most comprehensive living collections in the world.

The Orchid unit is comprised of 5 controlled environments, replicating different climates from the Andean highlands to the tropical lowlands.

The collection comprises of over 300 genera and 2,600 species, with over 9,000 orchids been grown at one time.

The largest genera are Paphiopedilum, Dendrobium, Cattleya, Cymbidium, Bulbophyllum, Oncidium, Encylcia, Pleurothallis.

During this period skills learned will include:

  • manual irrigation specific to individual plants
  • manual fertilisation, mixing feeds, monitoring conductivity and monitoring for nutrition deficiencies
  • monitoring for optimal plant health and horticultural standards
  • pruning, staking and flower development
  • potting requirements for individual species
  • propagation methods including those specific to each nursery unit
  • cultivation of epiphytic plants

Option 3 - Temperate Collections

The different environments that comprise this unit covers a wide range of plants from temperate collections to temperate and tropical carnivorous plants and temperate conservation island flora. Within the unit we propagate all the woody plant material for the tropical glasshouses and all the plant material for temperate glasshouses.

During this period skills learned will include:

  • manual irrigation specific to individual plants
  • manual fertilisation, mixing feeds, monitoring conductivity and monitoring for nutrition deficiencies
  • monitoring for optimal plant health and horticultural standards
  • pruning, staking and flower development
  • potting requirements for individual species
  • propagation methods including those specific to each nursery unit
  • cultivation of epiphytic plants

Option 4 - Arid Unit

The three environments that comprise this unit covers all cacti and succulent collections, including South Africa flora.

The main collections of plants are Cactaceae, Euphorbiaceae, Compositae, Apocynaceae, Asparagaceae, Aizoaceae, Xanthorrhoeaceae.

During this period skills learned will include:

  • manual irrigation specific to individual plants
  • manual fertilisation, mixing feeds, monitoring conductivity and monitoring for nutrition deficiencies
  • monitoring for optimal plant health and horticultural standards
  • pruning, staking and flower development
  • potting requirements for individual species
  • propagation methods including those specific to each nursery unit
  • cultivation of epiphytic plants

Underpinning knowledge:

Whilst undertaking one of the options for the Kew Modular Certificate in Tender/Tropical Nursery Practices, the following areas of underpinning knowledge will be delivered via a series of walks/talks, handouts and individual research.

  • Pest and disease control
  • Growing media’s
  • Climate control systems
  • Vegetative propagation
  • Seed sowing
  • Pollination and seed storage
  • Collection management

Underpinning knowledge will for the most part be specific to both plants and growing conditions within either the Moist unit, Orchid Collections, Temperate Collections or Arid unit.

Course work:

Candidates will be required to undertake an in-depth Horticultural Management report on an area within their chosen option.

Eligibility:

Candidates must have at least 6 months of practical experience in a professional horticultural environment and be able to communicate in both written and spoken English.

In order to attend these courses at Kew, students from outside the European Economic Area will need to apply for a visa from the UK Border Agency to enter the UK.

Cost and Application:

Book of the Month - Wakehurst Guide

Mon, 2015-07-27 14:59

With fold out maps and grid references throughout, this guide is an ideal companion to help you get the best from your visit to Wakehurst. With absorbing text by Katherine Price and stunning photographs by Chris Clennett on every page, it's also the perfect souvenir.

Produced by Kew Publishing

240 x 193 mm (9.5 x 7.6 in)
64 pp
Colour photographs throughout
Paperback

£5.00

ISBN 978 1 84246 607 0

Kew Modular Certificate in glasshouse display practices: Palm House

Course duration:

Option 1 - October to December
Option 2 - January to March

Introduction:

The Palm House 

The Palm House is one of Kew’s most iconic and historic buildings and is home to its rainforest display. Built between 1844 and 1848, the house is planted as one habitat, the tropical rainforest. Plants are displayed in three geographical regions:

Kew Modular Courses in Horticulture

Modular Course information

Kew modular courses are fee-paid programmes. Perfect for horticulturists wishing to undertake professional training in some of Kew’s unique plant collections. Available in three month blocks, open to horticulturists anywhere in the world* who would like to come to Kew to undertake some continued professional development (CPD).

Each of the modules is available at a specific time of the year, when practical activities are at their most extensive.

Kew Scientist

Kew Scientist is published each spring and autumn to provide news for those interested in Kew's scientific research. It is available as a pdf.

To receive Kew Scientist by email please send your request to kewscientist@kew.org

Editor: Dr Mike Fay

Production Editor: Dr Geoffrey Kite

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