Everard Im Thurn and the ‘lost world’

We take a look at the varied career of Everard Im Thurn through his correspondence with the Directors of Kew, and find out about his exploration of the ‘lost world’ of Mount Roraima in British Guiana.

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Everard Im Thurn and the ‘lost world’

Library display celebrates digitisation landmark

To mark the completion of the latest phase of the Directors’ Correspondence Digitisation Project, a display has been prepared in Kew’s Library Reading Room to showcase the collection.

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Library display celebrates digitisation landmark

 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

Ever had an ice cream bean for dessert?

This month the Millennium Seed Bank’s Seed Morphologist, Wolfgang Stuppy, has us salivating over the remarkable fruits of the ice cream bean ( Inga edulis ).

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Ever had an ice cream bean for dessert?

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

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

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

Have you visited the David Nash at Kew exhibition yet?

If not, what’s stopping you? The sculptures are looking fantastic right now and there’s plenty to see, whatever the weather.

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Have you visited the David Nash at Kew exhibition yet?

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!

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