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11 Dec 2012
We take a look at the varied career of Everard Im Thurn through his correspondence with the Directors of Kew, and find out about his exploration of the 'lost world' of Mount Roraima in British Guiana.
20 Jan 2011
During Kew’s 250th anniversary year, researchers at Kew studied the chemistry of two of Kew’s ‘Old Lions’ and discovered nine natural substances new to science.18 likes
21 Dec 2010
Martin Hamilton from Kew's UK Overseas Territories team reports on the latest news about the UKOTs Programme specimen digitisation activities.
Revered as a divine symbol for more than 5,000 years, the sacred lotus is a truly iconic plant.
The thick bark of the cork oak has been harvested for thousands of years, and was used to make Roman sandals.
Kew's Herbarium contains a wreath of folded olive leaves, which was found in the sarcophagus of King Tutankhamun, and is over 3,300 years old.
01 Feb 2010
Read about Robert Blake White's travels in Colombia, the ancient artefacts he collected and the ideas he picked up about gardening in synchronisation with the phases of the moon.
Syrian acanthus is one of the most difficult species for seed collecting because its spines are so hard and sharp.
A ragged-leaved inhabitant of African desert, some tree tumbos are believed to be over 1,000 years old.