Awards Success!

It was a cold day on Thursday but well worth the trip into central London to attend the annual Garden Media Guild Awards at a plush hotel near Grosvenor Square. All fingers and toes were crossed…

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Awards Success!

Your Gate to the Gardens

The recent renaming of the Main Gate has had the Archives team thinking about the importance of the Kew gates in the Gardens’ history.

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Your Gate to the Gardens

Wax wonders

In the Victorian period, creating wax models of flowers was both a ladylike craft, and an important tool for botanical communication.

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Wax wonders

Birthday Party Austin | Birthday Parties at Firepit Ceramics in Austin, Texas

http://www.youtube.com/v/_2n-9OK9ZJQ?version=3&f=user_uploads&app=youtube_gdata Birthday Party Austin | Birthday Parties at Firepit Ceramics in Austin, Texas http://www.firepitceramics.com/book-your-next-event At FirePit Ceramics, we like to celebrate! Come celebrate your birthday with us, whether you’re eight or 88. more / less We offer several different party packages depending on what kind of party you want to have. Paint-Your-Own Party All ages $20 per guest 2 hours of party time Choice of bisque piece up to $12 (may be reserved ahead of time) Commemorative tile with birthday honoree’s name and signed by guests Hand-building Honors Ages 4 and up $25 per guest 2 hours of party time Party guests will either pinch, coil, slab build, or sculpt a projects out of clay (dependent on honoree’s choice of projects) Guests will paint their finished pieces Commemorative tile with birthday honoree’s name and signed by guests Birthday Throwing Ages 10 and up $30 per guest 2 hours of party time Party guests will learn the basic techniques of the potter’s wheel and each guest will come away with at least one pieces to paint Commemorative tile with birthday honoree’s name and signed by guests Visit: http://www.firepitceramics.com/book-your-next-event to learn more

Reflections on a year at Kew

Archives Graduate Trainee Stephanie Rolt reflects on some of the highlights of her year at Kew in her final blog post

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Reflections on a year at Kew

Make a Cardboard Crown for Kids

http://www.youtube.com/v/yA9geK0gYA0?version=3&f=user_uploads&app=youtube_gdata In this Summer Series episode of Art Smart, Mary teaches kids how to make a crown out of cardboard.

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Make a Cardboard Crown for Kids

Gardeners and tigers and scares, oh my!

It’s not just plant talk and garden gossip in the Directors’ Correspondence; there are some letters which recount exciting (and rather scary!) events too, such as the late 19th century tiger attack in the Calcutta Botanic Gardens.

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Gardeners and tigers and scares, oh my!

Taking your time

Philip Smith considers his recent workshops and lectures on the theme of ‘Better Plant and Garden Photography’ and notes that photography, like coffee, is better if it’s not instant.

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Taking your time

David Nash sculptures arrive in the Gallery

Read about the Gallery Team’s exciting preparations for the David Nash exhibition.

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David Nash sculptures arrive in the Gallery

A summer of new experiences

There will be plenty of new experiences to be had at Kew this summer – from appreciating intriguing sculptures to discovering lost Georgian kitchens. You can find out much more about them all in Kew magazine.

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A summer of new experiences