Kew, the magazine of the Royal Botanic Gardens, pulls together a fascinating mix of articles about the world famous gardens at Kew and Wakehurst Place. You can discover the fascinating work that goes on behind the scenes and on expedition in Kew’s mission to discover, conserve and protect wild plant species, and the ways in which people can use the world's plants to improve their lives. From horticulture, education, conservation and the environment to art and history, all the features focus on plants and the people who work with them. 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.
Kew magazine won a prestigious Garden Media Guild Environmental Award in 2014 for a feature in the spring 2014 issue on Kew’s UK National Tree Seed Project, which works to help safeguard the UK’s native trees. It also won in 2012 (for New Writer of the Year) and in 2011 for a feature on Kew's Useful Plants Project by Gail Vines. It was also a finalist in the Environment category in 2010 for two features by Carolyn Fry – Desperately Seeking Species and Saving a World of Diversity.
In this colourful summer issue of Kew magazine, you'll find lots of features about the latest exhibitions, events and festivals at Kew Gardens. From a tour of the spectacular Chihuly: Reflections on nature exhibition and an interview with glass artist Dale Chihuly, to a look at the new Children's Garden and a preview of our amazing science festival, there's lots to enjoy here.
There's a foody theme too – we head to Kew's Kitchen Garden for some top tips on growing delicious organic veg and to see some of the more unusual crops of the future, and we head down to the brand new Pavilion restaurant to see what's on the menu. On a more serious note, we also talk to Kew's coffee experts about what the real future of coffee is in the face of climate change, and what Kew is doing to help mitigate the problems.
This year is the 260th anniversary of when the Gardens were founded, so we take a look at how it all started in 1759 with one princess, a large royal estate, and a fascination for plants.
We hope you find plenty to enjoy in this issue.