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01/22/2017 at 09:24. Facebook
The latest Kew science blog reveals an exciting project which aims to alleviate poverty, conserve biodiversity and offer climate resilience solutions for Ethiopian coffee farmers. Read more [ Link ]
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Kew the Music is back in 2017 and bigger than ever. Our glorious week-long festival of summer picnic concerts set within the stunning grounds of Kew Gardens. Featuring UK based singer songwriter Mike Rosenberg aka Passenger; Haçienda Classiçal, the DJs who shaped The Haçienda's sound and sold out two previous concerts at The Royal Albert Hall; and one of the most influential British indie...
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01/20/2017 at 08:25. Facebook
Join us every Tuesday from 11:30am at Victoria Gate Information Desk for our free 'meet the experts guided tour' around the Gardens. In this month's tour we talk to the knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff who care for Snowdrops (Galanthus)
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Meet the experts guided tours: January 2017 | Kew
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01/19/2017 at 15:54. Facebook
It's a riot of colour in the Davies Alpine House here at Kew with a bright array of beautiful and interesting alpine plants on display.

For example, the ground rhizome of the yellow Primula verticillata is used in traditional ethnoveterinary medicine for treating fever in camels in Saudi Arabia.
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01/18/2017 at 12:23. Facebook
“He/she loves me… he/she loves me not”.
Who hasn't spoken these words while picking the 'petals' of a daisy? This popular game has been hijacked and adapted by Kew scientists to generate data for research with the structure and diversity of daisy flower heads! #KewScience Read more: [ Link ]
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01/17/2017 at 16:40. Facebook
Blue skies and bare winter scenes here at Kew today. Take a look at the glorious view across the partially frozen Palm House Pond.
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01/15/2017 at 08:30. Facebook
The first signs of colour are beginning to pop up all over the gardens here at Kew, from irises to fritillaries and snowdrops.
Come to Kew Gardens from 4 February to 5 March to experience the tropical colours of our annual orchid festival. This year's event is inspired by the vibrant colours and culture of India. Based in the Princess of Wales Conservatory, the festival will feature giant floral displays with exotic orchids, decorative rickshaws, Indian soundscapes, films and much more.

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Born in 1830, Marianne North devoted her life to travelling the world and painting plants. See her immense and awe-inspiring collection here at Kew [ Link ]
This February, visitors can chase away the winter blues and become immersed in an Indian celebration of vibrant colours, culture and magnificent plant life at Kew's annual Orchids Festival.

The Princess of Wales Conservatory will also once again throw open its doors after dark for a series of intimate evenings among the orchids at our 'Orchids Lates' events.

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Essential oils don't mix with water, so plants have to keep them separate from the rest of their plumbing. Some oils have ducts inside the plant tissues. Others, like lavender, manufacture their oils in glands on the surface. The essential oil in lavender comes from these tiny glands on the leaves, rubbing the plant bursts the glands and releases the oil!
A busy morning in the Gardens today with the arrival of our orchids for the return of Kew's beloved Orchids Festival (4 February - 5 March 2017). Inspired by the vibrant colours, culture and magnificent plant life of India, this year’s festival will feature giant floral displays created using exotic orchids, decorative rickshaws, Indian soundscapes, films and much more.

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Take a closer look at the wonders of Kew Gardens by joining a guided walking tour. Led by our knowledgeable volunteer guides, a fun and informative way to explore the grounds. Our free tours depart from Victoria Gate at 11am and 1:30pm daily [ Link ]
Discover the wonderful world of snowdrops this January with our 'Meet the experts' guided tour. The tour begins at Victoria Plaza on Tuesdays at 11:30am.

Snowdrops are a small genus botanically, with only around 20 species but are widely used horticulturally. The “common” snowdrop, seen in the UK is Galanthus nivalis. It originates from the southern regions of Europe and is thought to have...
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A different scene emerges in winter when woody plants and ornamental grasses take centre stage and until 31 January you can visit the Gardens for just £8 when you book online. [ Link ]
As well as beautiful gardens, there are numerous art galleries, sculptures and installations to see here at Kew. What better place to warm up after a refreshing walk around the Gardens, than in one of the galleries surrounded by spectacular works of art? Find out more at: [ Link ]
If you are visiting the Gardens, be sure to pay a visit to the Japanese Landscape and Gateway where there are a plethora of plant species that are important in Japanese culture such as the cherry blossom.
Edgeworthia chrysantha (oriental paper bush) is a beautiful, winter-flowering scented shrub, which has cinnamon coloured bark valued for making high-quality paper in Japan. Whether cream, yellow or red in colour, the flowers of the Edgeworthia look like tiny fireworks exploding from bare branches.
Happy New Year! If you're visiting today, don't miss the snowdrops now emerging in the Rock Garden, including the beautiful Galanthus elwesii 'Three Leaves'.
Happy New Year's Eve to everyone, let's take a look back on 2016 in the Gardens and some of its highlights.