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.

Jonas Mueller with Chinese colleagues

Seed-collecting in China’s Yunnan province

Yunnan province covers only 4% of China’s land surface, yet is home to about half of China’s plant species. Kew scientist Jonas Mueller joined a team from the Kunming Institute of Botany to collect key plant species in the southern parts of the province.

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A Botanical Miscellany? Digitising the Directors' Correspondence

Directors' Correspondence digitiser, Kat Harrington looks at letters to Kew's first official Director, Sir William Jackson Hooker, sent from Brazil. The first is from Maria Graham (in later life, Maria, Lady Callcott) who became one of the leading female travel writers of the early 19th century.

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A Christmas wreath from the UK Overseas Territories

On the far-flung islands of the UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs) many plants have become associated with the Christmas festivities for their seasonal flowers or fruits. Kew’s UKOTs team helps to grow and conserve them.