5 Tips on How to Survive Back-to-School Shopping

If you are like millions of other time-starved moms, the thought of back-to-school shopping leaves you feeling stressed and wondering how you can possibly get it all done within your budget and in the limited time you have. Take advantage of these mom-tested, time-saving tips this year and get your children ready for back-to-school in record time– without busting your budget:

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English: Group of children in a primary school in Paris Español: Niños en una escuela elemental en París Français : Enfants dans une école élémentaire à Paris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Woodland Garden dons its winter coat

Shifting 20 tonnes of bracken mulch will reap rewards in the year to come

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The Woodland Garden dons its winter coat

Pretty in pink

There are some fabulous flowering trees putting on a great show right now at Kew, including one mysterious bright pink head turner…

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Pretty in pink

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

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?

That’s not really how it was

You are at Kew with your camera and snapping away – but when you get home you may be disappointed – we have tips for you!

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That’s not really how it was

Brocken Spectres and Circular Rainbows

Many weird and wonderful subjects have been uncovered while digitising Kew’s Directors’ Correspondence collection. Read about a 19th century botanist’s awe-inspiring encounter with a ‘Spectre’ in Jamaica’s Blue mountains.

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Brocken Spectres and Circular Rainbows

Conservation at Camberwell

Once again, students at Camberwell College of Arts have breathed life into historical objects – this year, rice paper drawings, an Amazonian shield and a Canadian cradle.

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Conservation at Camberwell

Unexpected photos from the field

Whilst studying herbarium specimens collected from the Caribbean Islands, UKOTs intern Alex Roberts was thrilled to discover photographs taken during a plant collecting expedition to Dominica in 1940, tucked away alongside the plant specimens they portray.

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Unexpected photos from the field

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

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!

Visiting botanic gardens in the southern hemisphere

With the weather being so unseasonably cold in the UK recently, I thought I’d share with you some botanical warmth down under with the highlights of botanic gardens in Sydney, Perth and Singapore.

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Visiting botanic gardens in the southern hemisphere

Launching the UKOTs Online Herbarium

We are bringing the unique and amazing plants that grow in the UKOTs, including those from the Caribbean, a little closer to you in celebration of International Day of Biological Diversity. Just a shame we can’t bring the Caribbean weather too!

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Launching the UKOTs Online Herbarium

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

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!