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

 Fabulous fungal foray

Autumn is the best time for spotting an amazing variety of fungi in Kew’s Arboretum

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 Fabulous fungal foray

Woods of the World

Each year we host over 200 researchers in the Economic Botany Collection.

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Woods of the World

On the murder of Dr Charles Budd Robinson

Read about the death of enthusiastic plant hunter Dr Charles Budd Robinson in Ambon, as told by the murder report in Kew’s archives, and learn why miscommunication can be deadly.

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On the murder of Dr Charles Budd Robinson

Saving seeds – in four million years we’ll laugh about it!

Here comes a slightly different ‘Seed of the Month’ blog by the Millennium Seed Bank’s Seed Morphologist, Wolfgang Stuppy, in which he explains why saving seeds is more than just a good idea!

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Saving seeds – in four million years we’ll laugh about it!

Frugal Kid Crafts: Fun Olympic Ring Toss | The Centsible Family

Tweet Each week Sharon at Mom on Dealz brings you a kids craft that is fun, educational, and frugal. The Summer Olympics began last week so here is a fun craft to introduce your kids to this special event! See it on Scoop.it , via Children Activities

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Frugal Kid Crafts: Fun Olympic Ring Toss | The Centsible Family

Have you caught Olympic Fever?

If you’ve got a bad case of Olympic Fever why not head to Kew to continue to enjoy the spirit of the Games with the wonderful representations of the Olympic Rings and Paralympic logo in flower form? You can also see some of the tallest, oldest, fastest, weirdest and most beautiful plants on the planet right here.

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Have you caught Olympic Fever?

UK Virtual Herbarium – a pilot project

Will you join Kew’s quest to unlock the information hidden behind the closed doors of our herbarium cupboards?

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UK Virtual Herbarium – a pilot project

Pretty little liars

In his fourth ‘Seed of the Month’ series, Wolfgang Stuppy exposes some fraudsters of the plant kingdom including the pretty but poisonous seeds of Abrus precatorius.

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Pretty little liars

Investigating the plants of the Caribbean… on the outskirts of London!

Andrew Budden, one of Kew’s volunteer interns, describes how information from preserved specimens of Caribbean plants helps to assess the conservation status of plants native to the Caribbean UK Overseas Territories.

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Investigating the plants of the Caribbean… on the outskirts of London!

The plants have arrived

Following the arrival of over 4,000 plants, Steve Ruddy and his team have been busy building the North American Landscape… but weather conditions have made it challenging!

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The plants have arrived