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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.
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.
2nd May 2018

Plant grown from 203-year-old seed begins new life in the Temperate House

The re-opening of the Temperate House sees the oldest Victorian glasshouse restored to its former glory. But it’s not the only thing that’s been given a new lease of life.
Catharanthus roseus 'Madagascan periwinkle' image: RGB Kew/Jake Newitt
20th April 2018

Catharanthus roseus: A cancer-killing champion of the plant world

Jake Newitt investigates the spectacular Madagascar periwinkle and its amazing cancer fighting properties.
17th April 2018

Behind the dragons

A master carver, 3D printers, a Buddhist blessing and a wind tunnel. Craig Hatto, Project Director for the Great Pagoda tells us how his team brought 80 dragons back to life.
Temperate House
5th April 2018

11 things you didn't know about the Temperate House

We have thrown open the doors to the world’s largest glasshouse after five years of painstaking restoration. Here are 11 little-known facts behind the beautiful façade.
Vegetables growing in the Kitchen Garden
20th February 2018

A healthy and quick salad snack that even Peter Rabbit™ would love!

Peter Rabbit made himself ill by eating lettuce, French beans and radishes straight from Mr McGregor's garden. If he had made up this easy recipe from The Kew Gardens Children's Cookbook, he would have had a tasty snack instead.
Kew's Kitchen Garden
20th February 2018

Peter Rabbit™ friends and Kew's Kitchen Garden

Come to the Kitchen Garden at Kew this Easter and see some of the vegetables that Peter Rabbit would have found in Mr McGregor's vegetable plot.
Thailand (Image: Ruth Clark)
8th February 2018

A seed bank for Thailand

Conservation scientist Kate Hardwick reveals how a partnership between Thailand and Kew is helping protect key species. Discover more at our Thai-themed Orchids Festival.
Thai cocktails for Kew's Orchids Festival (Image: White Label Cocktails)
29th January 2018

Exclusive Thai cocktails coming to Kew

We catch up with mixologist James to get a sneak preview of the Thai-themed cocktails being created for Kew's Orchids Festival.
Mangrove in southern Thailand (Image: Aoife Simpson)
29th January 2018

Plant hunting in Thailand

As we prepare to open our Thai-themed Orchids Festival, scientist Tim Utteridge updates us on an ambitious project that has spanned five decades.
Kew horticulturist installing the Orchids Festival
19th January 2018

Caring for your orchids

Horticulturist Elisa Biondi takes a break from installing Kew's Orchids Festival to share her top tips on how to care for your windowsill orchids.
The Verdun Bench at Kew Gardens
22nd December 2017

The Verdun Bench

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

Vanda orchid
22nd December 2017

Vanda-ful vandas

Lauren Gardiner, Research Fellow in Conservation Science at Kew, treats us to a glimpse of these incredibly diverse Asian orchids.
Tony Kirkham and Dame Judi Dench
20th December 2017

Tony Kirkham shares his passion for trees with Dame Judi Dench

The Head of the Arboretum at Kew has spent the last year filming with Judi Dench to explore her interest in trees and woodland. Judi Dench: My Passion for Trees, was first shown on BBC One at 8pm on 20 December, and is now available on BBC iPlayer.
Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer'
19th December 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.
Christmas at Kew
17th November 2017

Lighting up the landscape for Christmas at Kew

Each year Kew brings together light artists from around the globe to create bespoke pieces for Christmas at Kew. We reveal some of the innovative installations you can experience on the trail this year.
Taxodium distichum next to the Palm House pond
27th October 2017

Meet Kew's autumn trees

Autumn is one of the best times to take a long walk in the Gardens, as many of the hundreds of tree species are at their most colourful.
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.
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.