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The great new species roundup of 2016: Last year saw the publication of over 450 new genera, species and varieties of fungi and plants in papers co-authored by Kew scientists and their collaborators around the world. Of these, more than 200 can be directly ascribed to Kew scientists themselves.
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New species roundup: Kew’s 2016 discoveries | Kew Blogs
Kew Gardens
02/24/2017 at 15:03. Facebook
New orchid species are still being described from India, not just once in a while, but on average several times each year. India really is an orchid paradise, if you know where to look...
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Kew Gardens
02/23/2017 at 09:31. Facebook
Richmond Runfest is back and better than ever! This year, the Kew Gardens 10k will start and end in Kew! Register to run today - and then contact Kew’s ‘Team Orchid’ team to help raise money for Kew!
Kew Gardens
02/22/2017 at 10:46. Facebook
Our Herbarium houses over seven million specimens and plays a central role in research into plant biodiversity on Earth. We have been collecting specimens for many many years, the oldest documented specimen is Senegalia polyacantha (Willd.) Seigler & Ebinger, collected by Samuel Brown in India and dated 22-27 April 1696.
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02/21/2017 at 15:20. Facebook
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02/21/2017 at 11:52. Facebook
Richard Spruce was one of the hardy breed of botanists who explored the Amazon rainforest in the 19th century. Now, his extraordinary collections and observations are finding their back to their country and communities of origin, stimulating new research and perspectives on people and plants in the Amazon.
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Kew Gardens
02/20/2017 at 08:17. Facebook
Learn all about the deadly world of carnivorous plant on this month’s ‘Meet the Experts’ guided tours!

Carnivorous plants usually grow in areas poor in nutrients often on acidic soils, such as bogs. They have adapted over millions of years to make up for this lack by catching and killing insects and small animals in order to extract nutrients from them.

The tour runs on Tuesdays at 11:30am...
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Kew Gardens
02/19/2017 at 08:10. Facebook
There are only a few tickets left for our Orchids Festival Lates events. Join us after dark for an intimate evening among thousands of orchids and tropical flower displays. Find out more and book: [ Link ]
Carpets of crocuses have got to be one of our best loved signs of spring. Look out for these delightful patches of purple emerging now throughout the Gardens.
Have you visited our annual Orchids Festival yet? Take a memory of the Festival home with you by adopting an orchid seed today.

Oncidium cheirophorum (Golden Rain Orchid) is in the Orchidaceae (Orchid) family, which is one of the most species-rich plant families with approximately 25,000 species in roughly 850 genera, accounting for 8-10% of all flowering plants.

Whether you've already...
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Now in its 10th year, The International Garden Photographer of the Year Competition (IGPOTY), brings together the best garden, plant and botanical photography from across the world and is showcasing its annual exhibition in the Nash Conservatory, free with general Gardens admission [ Link ]
Roses are red, violets are blue, Happy Valentine's Day all, love from Kew
"She’s made a huge contribution to both the history of art, to the history of RBG, Kew and to the world of botany"

Kew’s Gallery and Exhibitions Leader, Maria Devaney, speaks to BBC England about the incredible life and work of Marianne North.

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Need a last minute gift for your Valentine? Adopt them a seed of Love in a Puff!

Cardiospermum halicacabum originates from Tropical America and is given its common name 'Love in a Puff' because of the way its seeds leave behind a heart shaped mark as they break away from their seed compartment.

Adopt a Love in a Puff for them today and support Kew's vital science and conservation efforts:...
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Crop wild relatives are wild species closely related to common food crops. These wild cousins of crops are vital to food security because they contain greater amounts of genetic diversity, making them more resilient in the face of climate change, pests and diseases and other new threats. Here's why they are so important to the future of food security
Looking for a unique and personal gift to give to your Valentine? Why not adopt them a seed of the Strawberry Tree?

Arbutus unedo is edible … just! The second part of its scientific name, 'unedo', is thought to come from the latin 'unum edo' or 'I eat one' (as in, you wouldn't particularly want to eat a second)! Regardless of this, Strawberry Tree fruits serve as food for birds and are also...
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The beautiful Helleborus thibetanus (tie kuai zi) is a delicate hellebore, separated from its closest relatives in western Eurasia by more than 5,000 km. It is found in central China and grows at between 1,100–3,700 m elevation.

A specimen in flower can be seen right now in the Alpine Davies Glasshouse.
Join us next week for half term kids' activities inspired by our Indian-themed Orchids Festival. Make your own Indian block print in different botanical patterns, colour in a mandala design or a Bodhi leaf print and get your face painted with colourful Indian designs. Find out more: [ Link ]
Would you like to learn how to grow orchids that will really flourish and thrive?

Our one day orchids course aims to give you the knowledge and confidence to be able to grow orchids successfully in your own home. Beginning with an introduction to the wonderful world of orchids, the tutor will then give advice on the best kinds to grow and the steps involved in keeping them looking their...
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Treat your special someone to a year of magical visits this Valentine's Day by giving the gift of Friends of Kew membership - a perfect present that lasts all year long.

Your gift will also support Kew’s vital science and conservation work.

Gift packs available in our shop, or online, from just £72.