News from the Gardens at Kew and Wakehurst

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Children taking bark rubbings at Wakehurst Place

Get creative and be inspired at Wakehurst Place during Autumn half-term

Get creative in the heart of the Sussex countryside this half term with a range of activities to celebrate autumn at Wakehurst Place.


The red leaves of a scarlet maple (Acer rubrum) in Kew Gardens

Don't miss Kew's scarlet maple turning red this autumn

The scarlet maple at Kew Gardens turns from yellow to orange to red, branch by branch. Autumn colours can be seen at Kew Gardens until early December.


Red and green autumn leaves of the Japanese stuartia (Stuartia pseudocamellia)

Kew Today -  See the vivid autumn colours of Kew's Japanese stuartia

Holly Walk is best known for its superb collection of prolifically fruiting hollies, but head along it to the Xstrata Treetop Walkway and the pathway is set ablaze by the vivid autumn colours of the Japanese stuartia (Stuartia pseudocamellia). Autumn colours can be seen at Kew Gardens until early December.


Microscopic photograph of a sorrel and monkey comb seed

International Garden Photographer of the Year competition 2010 - final call for entries

The deadline for the third International Garden Photographer of the Year is fast approaching. Don’t miss the chance to be part of this prestigious competition and exhibition at Kew Gardens!


250 planted in green

Kew today - Last chance to see the 250th anniversary roundabout in flower at Kew Gardens

There are only two weeks left to catch this masterpiece at Kew Gardens. Our Decorative Nursery propagator Dave Shipp created this floral roundabout to celebrate Kew's 250th anniversary.


Encephalartos woodii species profile

Welcome to Kew’s new website

Interactive maps, species profiles and your pictures of the gardens are a few of the new features – plus of course masses of fascinating inside information.


Honey bees at Kew

Where the wild things are: wildlife, natural flora and fungi at Kew

A surprising abundance of wildlife can be found in the Gardens – Sandra Bell outlines how and why Kew keeps track of them.


FDN Don Summer Meadows

Help us create an English meadow at Wakehurst Place

Meadows - a vanishing landscape. Old hay meadows provide a rich haven for biodiversity, and were once a common feature of our landscape. Help Kew turn Bloomers Valley at Wakehurst Place into a new English meadow.


branch and berry of a yew

The bark from yew trees has been helping the fight against cancer since the 1960s

The Pacific yew (Taxus brevifolia) is one of 500 yews at Kew and has important medicinal uses. Extracts from the bark of the Pacific and common yew are used in treatment for ovarian and breast cancer.


Trunk of Whomping Willow

Harry Potter's Whomping willow is moulded from the bark of Kew's elderly sweet chestnut tree

Harry Potter fans will be delighted to learn that the Whomping willow of Hogwart's School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is actually modelled on Kew’s magnificent sweet chestnut tree.


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