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!

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

The taste of the Amazon

This month Kew’s Seed Morphologist, Wolfgang Stuppy, brings us a post about his recent adventures in the Amazon. Now safely back in the Millennium Seed Bank, he can share with us news of Cupua

Slow Motion Video of Fireworks Exploding from an Aerial View

Dallas, Texas creative Jeremiah Warren took three 3′ balloons, a GoPro camera, and Wi-Fi BacPac to produce a slow motion capture of his fireworks going off from the sky above. Just in time for July 4th! See it on Scoop.it , via Children Activities

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Slow Motion Video of Fireworks Exploding from an Aerial View

Introducing the new Archives Graduate Trainee

Read about the first few weeks of our new trainee and the story behind the travels of Kew’s Japanese Gateway

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Introducing the new Archives Graduate Trainee

Reminiscences from a year at Kew

Read Debora’s final blog post as she leaves Kew to begin a Masters course in Library Science.

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Reminiscences from a year at Kew

Grass identification workshop in Madagascar

Find out how Kew staff helped local scientists in Madagascar learn to identify unique and endangered species of grasses.

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Grass identification workshop in Madagascar

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

Harapan memories and take-away thoughts

Kew staff reminisce on time well spent in the Harapan Rainforest, Sumatra, with a summary of their GIS field mapping, personal accounts and photographs.

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Harapan memories and take-away thoughts

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?

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

Jack and the Beanstalk – Listen with Mary

http://www.youtube.com/v/V-F4nm8bsw8?version=3&f=user_uploads&app=youtube_gdata In this Summer Series episode, storyteller Mary J. Lockwood shares the fairy tale story of Jack and the Beanstalk.

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Jack and the Beanstalk – Listen with Mary

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

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

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 sadistic dispersal strategy of the puncture vine

In his third ‘Seed of the Month’ blog series, Wolfgang Stuppy warns us of the ‘dangerous’ seeds of Tribulus terrestris .

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The sadistic dispersal strategy of the puncture vine

Listen With Mary – The Roundabout

http://www.youtube.com/v/3whNw1wnI7U?version=3&f=user_uploads&app=youtube_gdata Nellie rides round the roundabout … www.maryjlockwood.co.uk

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Listen With Mary – The Roundabout