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Wakehurst is home to five national plant collections, extensive woodlands, formal planting and quirky features. Here you can follow events and stories from around the estate and find out more about the people and plants that make Wakehurst unique.
Autumn at Wakehurst (Image: Jim Holden)
2nd October 2017

The calm after the storm

Wakehurst’s Garden Manager Chris Clennett revisits the Great Storm of 1987, when the estate lost 20,000 trees, and explains how the landscape has since been transformed.
Tree climbing at Wakehurst (Image: Jim Holden)
22nd September 2017

Why tree-climbing is making a comeback

Mark Hawes, Director of The Big Tree Climbing Company explains how tree-climbing is fulfilling our need for safe thrills, and how it can boost confidence as well as help connect us to nature.
Autumn leaves at Wakehurst (Image: Jim Holden)
21st September 2017

A lesson in autumn colour

Chris Clennett, Garden Manager at Wakehurst, reveals why and how leaves change colour in autumn.
Badger at Wakehurst
3rd July 2017

Badger watching at Wakehurst

Wakehurst warden Steve Robinson gives us a glimpse into the rarely seen life of these striking but timid creatures.
Common juniper (Juniperus communis)
15th May 2017

Our gin is safe!

The Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst now holds a complete collection of seeds from native juniper trees in the UK.
Bluebells at Wakehurst
5th May 2017

Bluebells 'on ice'

Bluebells are just one of the many jewels in Wakehurst’s glittering crown. The intense blue flowers that look so pretty ‘en masse’ transform our woodland floors from April right through to the end of May, depending on the weather conditions.
Wildflower meadow

Preserving Britain's meadows

Wildflowers, scything and cider – the Meadow’s Festival at Wakehurst has finally arrived. Sarah Cody talks about the Millennium Seed Bank’s mission to restore beauty and biodiversity to the landscape.
Monkey puzzle planted at Wakehurst by Jo Wenham

Rare monkey puzzles at Wakehurst

Kew horticulturist Jo Wenham reveals the secret life of the monkey puzzle tree, under threat from illegal logging and burning.

Plant of the week: Skimmia

If you are visiting Wakehurst now is thetime to look out for the Skimmia collection

Mountain in distance

Italian seed collecting success

Jo Wenham, Plant Propagation and Conservation Unit Manager at Wakehurst, considers the highs and lows of fieldwork.

Still from Ed Ikin's TEDx talk

My TEDx talk

Wakehurst Head of Landscape and Horticulture Ed Ikin reflects on his TEDx experience where he talked about how botanic gardens can win hearts and minds...