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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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Rosa 'Bonica' in the Rose Garden at Kew
14th May 2017

Promise of a rose garden

Kew horticulturist David Mann gives us a seasonal update and reveals the work underway to extend the Rose Garden.
Photo of Spathoglottis eburnea
19th April 2017

Orchid hunting in Cambodia

Nursery and Orchid Collection Manager, Christopher Ryan, reports on a recent orchid hunting trip to Cambodia.
Echinacea 'White-Swan'
7th March 2017

Broad Walk Borders – who's been visiting

In the second of a series of Broad Walk updates, the team reveals the variety of summer visitors to the borders, some more welcome than others
The Great Broad Walk Borders at Kew
12th December 2016

Broad Walk Borders: the year so far

In the first of a series of updates, the Broad Walk team review the busy summer months when they prepared for the official opening of the Borders.

Kew's living rainforest
4th October 2016

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.
Theobroma cacao
20th June 2016

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.
Close up of a palm leaf
19th June 2016

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.
Image showing Dendrobium cynthiae a new species of orchid of unknown wild origin, published by Andre Schuiteman.
1st May 2016

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.
Preparing the Broadwalk Borders for planting
19th April 2016

Bloom with a view

Kew horticulturists Lucy Bell and Maija Ross explain why the Broad Walk team have been impersonating penguins and spray-painting the soil.
Wollemi pine with seeds
7th August 2013

UK's first Wollemi pines from seed

In 2011 seed I collected from Wollemi pines growing at Kew were germinated in our Arboretum nursery, producing dozens of seedlings. Now, two years, on we have lots of new young plants to add to our collections.
The large frilled white blooms of Coelogyne cristata have a golden yellow throat (Image: L. Gardiner).

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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Amazing Amorphophallus

Second year apprentice, Scarlett English writes about the genus Amorphophallus and a new display in the Princess of Wales Conservatory.

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