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Kew’s expert teams bring you updates from around the gardens and behind the scenes as they go about their work maintaining the living collections and historic buildings or creating seasonal events within Kew’s ever-changing landscape.
Julia Clarke creating her sculpture at Kew
22nd September 2017

Artful Autumn: Julia Clarke

Julia's willow sculptures are on display on Cedar Vista and outside the Marianne North Gallery. We asked her what materials she uses and why, what made her want to exhibit at Kew and how she feels now that her sculptures are in the Gardens.
Amanita muscaria by Claudia Wegner
22nd September 2017

Artful Autumn: Claudia Wegner

Claudia Wegner's four large fungi paintings hang from trees in the Natural Area. Claudia tells us about her passion for fungi and how her paintings show their beauty and complexity.
Woodys Treelings performing thai chi
22nd September 2017

Artful Autumn: Woody Fox Willow

Woody has created a group of Treelings which can be found in the Natural Area. He tells us about the materials he uses for his figures, where he got his inspiration and how he feels seeing his artworks on display in the Gardens.
Riorus, bench sculpture by Nigel Ross
13th September 2017

Artful Autumn: Nigel Ross

Nigel has six wooden sculptures along Cedar Vista, made to be sat on and enjoyed. We asked him how he became inspired to create sculptures from fallen trees, why he decided to exhibit at Kew and how he feels seeing his sculptures in the Gardens.
Ray Townsend with Phyllostachys aureosulcata
24th July 2017

Bamboos – from Victorian curiosity to elephant food

Ray Townsend, Manager of Kew’s Arboretum, shares the story of Kew’s bamboo collection, which he has been working with for nearly 40 years.
Sophie Walwin in Kew's Bamboo Garden
24th July 2017

Caring for Kew’s bamboos

Kew Diploma student Sophie Walwin reveals the challenges and delights of looking after Kew’s Bamboo Garden.
Summer yellows. In front are the flat heads of yellow Achillea ‘Moonshine’ with a towering Verbascum species in the background
21st June 2017

Sensational second season on the Broad Walk

We think the Great Broad Walk Borders are magical and it seems that you agree with us but it isn't entirely by magic that they look that good.
Great Broad Walk Borders
31st May 2017

Thematic borders

The circles in the border design are themed to reflect the botanical and horticultural science at the heart of Kew’s mission.
View of the Temperate House under restoration
24th May 2017

The Temperate House - one year to go

The Temperate House has been closed for a five-year restoration, and now, one year away from reopening to visitors, the north wing of the building has had its covers removed, giving us a first glimpse of the renovated glasshouse.
Bombus hortorum
24th May 2017

The importance of bees as pollinators

Pollination is one of the most important biological processes on our planet. And bees one of the most important pollinators. But what is pollination and why is it so important?
Wildflower meadow
24th May 2017

Why meadows matter

Wild flower meadows are one of the rarest habitats in the UK and we have lost 97% of our wild flower meadows since the 1930s. Losing our wildflowers has a real impact on the food we eat.
Bee on yellow flower
24th May 2017

How can you help keep UK bees happy?

Bees in the UK are in decline. Here are a few suggestions to help create an eco-system friendlier to our bee population.
Aerial view of The Hive
24th May 2017

Real bees drive The Hive experience

The Hive responds to the activity of real bees in a beehive located behind the scenes at Kew. But how does it work?
Kew's Fungarium
18th May 2017

Meet the mycologist: Lee Davies

Find out what Kew’s mycologists are working on in this special Friends Week Q&A. Today, Lee Davies tells us how specimens are stored in Kew's Fungarium, and just how tall prehistoric mushrooms were!
Behind the scenes in Kew's Fungarium
16th May 2017

Meet the mycologist: Pepijn Kooij

Find out what Kew’s mycologists are working on in this special Friends Week Q&A. Today, Pepijn Kooij tells us about his research on fungus-growing ants.
Bulb planter - Allium 'Mont Blanc' bulbs
21st February 2017

Broad Walk: 13,000 bulbs and counting

In the third of a series of Broad Walk updates, the team discuss the winter work undertaken on the Borders in preparations for spring. 

Aerides multiflora in the wild, Uttarakhand. (Photo: Bala Kompalli).
21st February 2017

India - an orchid paradise, if you know where to look...

André Schuiteman, Research Leader in the Identification and Naming Department at Kew, explains why India is rich in orchid species...but why they are not always easy to find.

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The large frilled white blooms of Coelogyne cristata have a golden yellow throat (Image: L. Gardiner).
21st February 2017

Orchid treasures of the Sikkim Himalayas

Lauren Gardiner, Research Fellow in Conservation Science at Kew, reveals some of the intriguing orchids that can be found in the remote Indian state of Sikkim.

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Vanda 'Pakchong Blue' (Image: CC by S-A 3.0).
21st February 2017

Vanda-ful vandas

Lauren Gardiner, Research Fellow in Conservation Science at Kew, treats us to a glimpse of these incredibly diverse Asian orchids.

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The Verdun Bench at Kew Gardens
22nd December 2016

The Verdun Bench

We tell the story of how an oak tree with a poignant history lives on in Kew Gardens. 

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