Flowers in the Princess of Wales conservatory
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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.
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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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.

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