Kew Magazine

Welcome to Kew Magazine

Plants are not only beautiful and intriguing, they are the basis of all life on Earth. At Kew we work to increase our understanding of plants and fungi as well as promoting the sustainable management of our environment.

Kew, the magazine of the Royal Botanic Gardens, pulls together a fascinating mix of articles that go behind the scenes to explain the immense range of Kew’s work at home and abroad. From horticulture, education, conservation and the environment, to art and history, all features focus on plants and the people who work with them. Among the stories that Kew tells are those about plant-hunting expeditions to remote corners of the world, plant conservation work in many countries, profiles of Kew’s experts, discoveries of new species, and the ways in which people can use the world's plants to improve their lives. The latest news from Kew and the world of plant science, and a diary of events completes the magazine. The contribution of top writers and photographers combined with outstanding design, high production values and editorial quality makes Kew a beautiful magazine and a well-respected ambassador for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Recent awards

On 30 November 2011 Kew magazine won a prestigious Garden Media Guild award for communicating the importance of plants to people. The Plants and Well Being Award was given for Gail Vines' piece Growing your own which appeared in the Summer 2011 issue. The feature explores an international Kew project that helps communities through wild plant conservation. You can read the article here and find out more about the MGU Useful Plants Project here.

Another article from the same issue was a finalist in the same category. Flower Power at Chelsea, written by Stephen Anderton, followed the build and purpose of the The Times Eureka Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show, which celebrated useful plants. In the Environment award, Kew magazine was a finalist with Little things mean a lot, from the Autumn 2010 issue, where head of Wakehurst Place, Andrew Jackson, explored the conservation of lower plants and celebrated the Francis Rose reserve at Wakehurst.

Kew magazine won two prestigious Garden Media Guild awards in 2008 – for Features Photographer of the Year and for Environmental Writer. It was a finalist in the Environment category in 2010 for TWO features by Carolyn Fry - Desperately Seeking Species (Spring 2010) and Saving a World of Diversity  (Summer 2010). 

You can also browse past articles by going to our archive (see the menu on the right).

 

    WINTER ISSUE – out 30 November

Kew Magazine Winter 2011

In the winter issue of Kew magazine we take a trip through the Gardens to enjoy the seasonal splendour of the Grass Garden and to see the historic Temperate House, now the subject of a major restoration campaign. We also talk to the new head of restoration ecology at Kew, Bruce Pavlik, about the intricacies of restoring habitats and why it helps to be one step ahead.
We go behind the scenes to investigate the state-of-the-art quarantine house at Kew and why plant quarantine is so vital to saving our native biodiversity as well as protecting Kew’s collections.
You can also take a journey through western China with Kew orchid specialist Phillip Cribb as he reveals some of the botanical jewels of the region to celebrate the new Kew book - the Guide to the Flowers of Western China.
Remember to also check out the five pages of events, tours and festivals and to come along and enjoy the season with us.
See the contents listing for the whole issue here, and read our lead feature on Kew’s Temperate House.

 

Regular features include:

  • a round up of Kew news and the latest plant science stories
  • all the details of events, lectures, tours and festivals at Kew and Wakehurst Place

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        Kew magazine at the GMG awards

GMG awards 2011

Kew magazine won the 2011 Plants and Well Being Award from the Garden Media Guild

GMG awards 2011 Environmental

and was a finalist in the Environmental category too!

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If you are a Friend of Kew, you receive Kew magazine free. The magazine is also available on an annual subscription for £24 (UK & EU; RoW £33) or for just £18 as a digital magazine (which looks great on your iPad). You can pick up a copy in the shops at Kew and Wakehurst Place for £4.95 and you'll find back copies in Kew's restaurants – so there’s no excuse for not delving behind the scenes at the world’s foremost botanic garden.

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You love Kew magazine!

Kew magazine is like a good strong drink on a dreary day”

“It makes you feel part of Kew”

“The only problem is I do not want to throw them out”

“Excellent, high quality, intelligent focus on Kew and on the work of Kew”

“The general quality of the magazine, both editorial and photographic, are excellent”

“I’m rarely able to visit the gardens so the magazine is a great way of keeping in touch with all that’s going on.”

“Can’t really fault it – more of the same please. Thanks to all concerned”


Many thanks for all your comments – do keep them coming!