> Blogs > In the Gardens blog

In the Gardens

Get a glimpse behind-the-scenes at Kew, learn a bit more about our cutting-edge science and explore the fascinating world of plants and fungi.
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.
Mangrove in southern Thailand (Image: Aoife Simpson)
29th January 2018

Plant hunting in Thailand

Kew 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Photo of smaller collected orchids in the Quarantine House
19th June 2017

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.
The Grass Garden at Kew
1st June 2017

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’.