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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.
Amorphophallus titanum

Amazing Amorphophallus

Second year apprentice, Scarlett English writes about the genus Amorphophallus and a new display in the Princess of Wales Conservatory.
Aerides multiflora in the wild, Uttarakhand. (Photo: Bala Kompalli).

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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Carnivorous plant at Kew

Carnivorous plants at Kew

Kew's Tropical Nursery hosts a varied collection of different carnivorous plants from across the world, as Thomas Pickering explains.
Bulb planter - Allium 'Mont Blanc' bulbs

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. 

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Bringing orchids from Cambodia

In the third of this series about his orchid hunting trip to Cambodia, Nursery and Orchid Collection Manager, Christopher Ryan, describes bringing the orchids back to Kew.
Image of an orchid

Orchid hunting in Cambodia

Nursery and Orchid Collection Manager, Christopher Ryan, reports on a recent orchid hunting trip to Cambodia.
Orchids growing in the wild

Biodiversity and conservation of orchids: the importance of Kew’s fieldwork

Orchid researcher André Schuiteman describes the challenges facing orchids in the wild and what Kew is doing to help them.
Flowers from the mallow family

Exotic blooms for winter gloom

Jack Clutterbuck describes flowers of the mallow family, known botanically as Malvaceae, which grow in the Tropical Nursery at Kew.
Close up of a palm leaf

Monstrous deliciousness and devilish fruit - Kew's edible aroids

Not many people have heard of edible aroids yet they are among the oldest cultivated crops in the world. Tropical Nursery horticulturalist Louisa Hall introduces some of these exotic species.
The Grass Garden at Kew

Grass Garden’s annual trim

Every year, we cut the beautiful grasses down as spring approaches – but why? Find out why the whole of the Gardens outdoor team are needed for this annual ‘haircut’.
The Broad Walk Borders in the process of a comprehensive redesign

Broad Walk beauties bedded in

Kew horticulturists Maija Ross & Lucy Bell reveal the magic of mulch as they report on progress in the work undertaken by the Broad Walk team.
Theobroma cacao

Caring for Kew's chocolate trees

Cacao tree is native to South America, and is not easy to grow in Britain. Find out how Kew horticulturist Nick Johnson has been involved in growing specimens at Kew, and how three new cacao trees are flourishing in the Princess of Wales Conservatory.
Rosa 'Bonica' in the Rose Garden at Kew

Promise of a rose garden

Kew horticulturist David Mann gives us a seasonal update and reveals the work underway to extend the Rose Garden.

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