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Sponsor a book from our collection to support an extraordinary body of botanical knowledge.

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Kew’s Library, Art and Archives is one of the most extensive botanical libraries in the world, spanning 2,000 years of plant knowledge and discovery.

With information on the naming, classification and uses of plants, plant ecology, conservation, and the wild plants of the world, it's a treasure trove of plant stories.

Sponsor a book from our collection for a unique way to support this extraordinary body of botanical knowledge.

Plus, the proceeds will help towards preserving all of Kew’s remarkable treasures for the future.

How to sponsor

To sponsor a book, we ask for a donation of £250.

Your personal dedication will be added to our online commemorative register, and you will be able to view the book and bookplate in the Kew Library.

For more information, email commemorative@kew.org or call 020 8332 3645.

The Aloes of Arabia © RBG Kew
The Aloes of Arabia by Tom McCoy © RBG Kew
The Useful Wild Plants of Texas
The Useful Wild Plants of Texas, S. Cheatham, M.C. Johnston & L. Marshall, Useful Wild Plants, 2015 © RBG Kew

Colour atlas of trees and woody plants

B.G. Bowes. CRC Press, 2020

The atlas examines the most important morphological features of plants, shrubs and trees, with over 200 high-resolution digital images. These illustrations of plant structure and anatomy will be of great use to arborists and horticulturalists, and of interest to the general reader.

A History of orchids in South America. Volume 1. Colonial times, from discovery to independence

C. Ossenbach. Koeltz Scientific Books, 2020

This massive volume tells the complex story of botanical exploration related to the Orchidaceae family, in the context of the social, political and economic development of the various countries in South America. Botanical exploration was a dangerous business, and the book features fascinating biographies of over 80 pioneering botanical explorers.

Illustrated generic names of fungi: etymology, descriptions, classifications and references

M. Ulloa & E. Aguirre-Acosta. American Phytopathological Society, 2019

This superbly illustrated reference book for mycologists features descriptions of 1,700 genera accompanied by over a thousand original watercolours. Its combination of scientific and artistic content makes it a unique publication in its field.

Pleurothallids: neotropical jewels. Volume 1

A. Karremans & S.V. Uribe. Orchilibra, 2020

Over a thousand colour photos and description of 500 species and 17 genera of these attractive members of the Orchidaceae family. They are to be found in astonishing variety in the tropical cloud forests of the New World. This privately published volume gives a comprehensive treatment of their taxonomy, morphology and distribution.

New Zealand’s native trees, 2nd ed

J. Dawson & R. Lucas. Potton & Burton, 2019

A completely revised edition of the best-selling book on NZ’s native trees. Thousands of colour photographs illustrate trees in their habitat plus details of flowers, fruit and leaves. More than 320 species are described and illustrated in this massive reference work.

The Aloes of Arabia 

T. McCoy, McCoy Publishing, 2019

The result of 30 years of fieldwork, this offers the first comprehensive coverage of aloes in the Arabian Peninsula, including the island of Socotra. It includes beautifully detailed studies of 50 species, with full-page colour photographs, illustrations and maps.

The Useful Wild Plants of Texas, the Southeastern and Southwestern United States, the Southern Plains and Northern Mexico: Volume 4

S. Cheatham, M.C. Johnston & L. Marshall, Useful Wild Plants, 2015

This is the latest volume in a planned 12-volume encyclopedia of the economic botany of southern USA and northern Mexico. It discusses the past, present and potential future value of each plant species comprehensively, with nearly 300 illustrations and 175 maps.

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