Kew magazine

Kew magazine is a fascinating mix of articles about plants, fungi, science and conservation, taking you behind the scenes of our gardens.

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Award-winning magazine

The award-winning Kew magazine is published three times a year and is free to all Kew members as a print and digital magazine.

Inside its pages you can discover plenty of stories about the fascinating work that goes on behind the scenes and in the gardens at Kew as staff fulfill their mission to discover, conserve and protect wild plant species and fungi around the world for the benefit of everyone.

Each issue of the magazine has articles on beautiful and intriguing plants, conservation, art and history. You’ll also find the latest news from both of Kew’s gardens and a diary of events for the season.

The contribution of top writers and photographers combined with outstanding design, high production values and editorial quality makes Kew a beautiful magazine and a well-respected ambassador for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Summer 2020 The Hidden Life of Plants

This issue is packed with features celebrating the glorious beauty of Kew Gardens as well as the fascinating science stories that sit behind our incredible plants.

One of the highlights of summer at Kew is the beautiful Rose Garden with its many varieties. We explore the science behind how roses and other fragrant plants produce their incredible scents.

We also investigate the devious disguises and shady tactics flowers use to lure insects and other pollinators into their blooms.

And we share the fascinating history of the mighty Wollemi pine, which has existed since prehistoric times. It’s an unlikely story of survival, with Kew playing its part to ensure the protection and survival of this extraordinary specimen.

You can also come behind the scenes as we take a look at how Kew scientists are unlocking the power of plants to solve some of our biggest health challenges, from preventing dementia to treating viruses.

And, if you’d like to start growing your own veg, you can pick up some advice from Kew’s Kitchen Garden manager, Héléna Dove, who shares her tips on what to start growing now, whatever space you have.

There’s lots of new content to enjoy, and plenty of inspiration for your next visits to Kew and Wakehurst, so get your copy today.

Kew Magazine Summer 2020

Where to find Kew magazine

If you are a member, you will receive Kew magazine for free three times a year, with the option to receive it as a print magazine and as a digital edition for your tablet from Exact Editions. Once signed up to our digital magazine you will have access to our entire archive of over 90 issues, all of which are fully searchable.

Members can sign up to the digital edition of Kew magazine using their membership number (found on your membership card – beginning with M or W) as a subscription number. If you have problems registering, please email

If you are not a Kew member, you can still subscribe to Kew magazine through our online shop.

You can also subscribe to our beautiful and easy-to-use digital edition via the Exact Editions website. This includes fully-searchable access to the growing archive of back issues and means you can read the magazine wherever you go. It is available for both Android and Apple devices and perfect to enjoy on your tablet.

Institutions can also subscribe at and enjoy the following features: 

  • Fully-searchable access to the growing archive of back issues
  • Unlimited IP-authenticated access and remote access options available
  • Cross-platform compatibility with all Web, iOS and Android devices
  • Usage reports, MARC records and excellent customer support

Individual print copies can also be purchased in any of Kew's shops – make sure you ask for a copy on your next visit.

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