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In the Gardens

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.
Elinor Breman conducting fieldwork training in Vietnam for Crop Wild Relatives project
25th September 2018

Kew and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

17 goals were set by the United Nations in 2015 with the hope to transform the world and lift millions out of poverty. Kew plays a crucial role in the UK's work to fulfil its commitments.
18th September 2018

Hot stuff: a spicy treat in an English Kitchen Garden

The heat is on in the Kitchen Garden this September. Botanical Horticulturalist Helena Dove gives us the lowdown about what makes the fiery little chilli so hot.
A species of Anaeromyces that lives inside bovine guts.
12th September 2018

11 fun-gi facts

Fungi are frankly fantastic. From your daily bread to saving lives, they play a pivotal role in the world. Here are a few surprising facts you didn't know about our fungal friends.
5th September 2018

5 extraordinary plants you wouldn’t expect to find at Kew

From the mysterious to the bizarre, we explore some of Kew’s botanical oddities with Weird Plants book author Chris Thorogood.
29th August 2018

Beautiful murderers: the carnivorous purple pitcher plant

From a Dorset bog to a bed at Kew, these carnivorous purple pitcher plants have been on quite a journey. Horticulturalists Tom Freeth and Rebecca Hilgenhof have given them a new lease of life.
24th August 2018

5 Caribbean plants bringing the tropics to the UK

From prickly cacti to tasty fruit, the Caribbean boasts an amazing variety of plant life. Here are our top picks from Kew’s glasshouses.
9th August 2018

Courgettes: king of the summer veg

Whether they're fried, baked, or tossed in a salad, courgettes are a delicious summer staple. Kew Kitchen Gardener Héléna Dove tells us more about these speedy green growers.
8th August 2018

Flower Power: Edible flowers in the Kitchen Garden

The edible flowers bed at Kew’s Kitchen Garden is flourishing. Horticulture student Olivia Vassilaki tells us more.
27th July 2018

No leaves left behind on the island: Hurricane Irma destroys forests

In September 2017, Hurricane Irma broke records when winds devastated the Caribbean. After the chaos died down, the islands’ beautiful plant life also bore the scars of a disaster. In Kew’s first known response to a humanitarian crisis, the Tree Gang and our science programmes joined forces to help.
27th July 2018

Water...or the lack of it

You don’t need to be a meteorologist to deduce that we’re having a dry spell. Richard Barley, Director of Horticulture, shares Kew’s coping strategies.
Kew's Kitchen Garden
18th July 2018

Taking root: Potato season at Kew's Kitchen Garden

It’s July in the Kitchen Garden at Kew and potato season is well underway. From helping the war effort to being the first crop grown in space, there’s more to the humble spud than meets the eye.
Cocktails at The Botanical
5th July 2018

Is it gin o’clock already?

The summer scorcher is firmly here, so a refreshing cocktail recipe with Kew Organic Gin might just be the refreshing tipple you need.
A view of the Boyaca region in Colombia
25th June 2018

Plant explorers: the adventure continues

Field science is behind some of the most rare and endangered plants now protected and displayed at the Temperate House. Kew Scientist Elinor Breman takes a break from expeditions to explain why it continues to be part of Kew’s heritage.
8th June 2018

Kew’s unwanted guests: Tackling Oak Processionary Moths

You might have noticed that parts of the gardens are sometimes closed off. Kew is hard at work tackling the spread of Oak Processionary Moths – but what are they, and why are they a problem? Our Head of the Arboretum, Tony Kirkham, tells us more.
Qercus suber, the 'cork tree'
5th June 2018

Quercus suber: an example of sustainability

The 'cork tree' Quercus suber boasts a rich history of uses from bottle stoppers to bike brakes. Intern Jake Newitt investigates.
Encephalartos woodii in the Temperate House
18th May 2018

Wood like to meet: the loneliest plant in the world

Encephalartos woodii is tough, elegant and handsome. Yet, since it arrived at Kew in 1899 it has been all alone. Will this lonely plant ever find a partner?
Hazel Wilks working on an illustration. Photographer Sandrine Vivès-Rotger
15th May 2018

How to be a botanical artist

Hone your botanical art skills with these top tips from Kew’s botanical artists.
Anita Barley Orchid Festival 2015
11th May 2018

What is botanical art?

Meet some of Kew’s botanical artists and find out about the scientific role of their artwork. Hear from the artists at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery on Worldwide Day of Botanical Art, 18 May
Jacaranda mimosifolia, Jake Newitt RBG Kew
3rd May 2018

Jacaranda mimosifolia: a jewel in the Temperate House treasure trove

The ‘fern tree’ Jacaranda mimosifolia could hold the key to fighting drug resistant bacteria. Intern Jake Newitt tells us more.
Gnomus waits to tour Temperate House
3rd May 2018

I am Gnomus, caretaker of the Earth

Gnomus is one the oldest creatures in the world. This summer, he's left his underground home to tell stories of the plants in the Temperate House. Tell us about yourself, Gnomus.