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Millennium Seed Bank, (MSB)
Millennium Seed Bank, (MSB)
Zingiber officinale, ginger
Zingiber officinale, ginger
Elevation of the Great Pagoda as first intended
Elevation of the Great Pagoda as first intended
Nursery at the Millennium Seed Bank
Nursery at the Millennium Seed Bank
561. A new Pitcher Plant from the limestone mountains of Sarawak
561. A new Pitcher Plant from the limestone mountains of Sarawak
Rhododendron Dalhousiae (frontispiece), 1849
Rhododendron Dalhousiae (frontispiece), 1849
Robert Fortune
Robert Fortune
Palace of Deeg, Bhurtpore, India, 1878
Palace of Deeg, Bhurtpore, India, 1878
The Wardian case was a portable airtight greenhouse developed by Nathaniel Bagshaw
The Wardian case was a portable airtight greenhouse developed by Nathaniel Bagshaw
Eleanor Morland, Gertude Cope and Alice Hutchings, Kew gardeners, 1898
Eleanor Morland, Gertude Cope and Alice Hutchings, Kew gardeners, 1898
Clitoria ternatea, L.
Clitoria ternatea, L.
Nymphaea rubra, R.
Nymphaea rubra, R.
Robert Fortune Featured Image

Robert Fortune

Robert Fortune (1812-1880) born in Berwickshire, Scotland, was a botanist and plant-hunter best known for smuggling tea plants out of China at the behest of the East India Company. Following the Treaty of Nanjing in 1842, Fortune was awarded the position of the Society's Collector in China, visiting the region on four occasions, remaining there for two or three years each time. In 1846, he published his journals as 'Three Years' Wanderings in the Northern Provinces of China'. In 1848, he was tasked by the East India Company with collecting tea plants to establish plantations in India, breaking the Chinese monopoly. Disguising himself as a Chinese merchant, he travelled to the remote Fujian, Guangdong, and Jiangsu provinces, regions rarely explored by Westerners, beyond the permissible day's journey from the agreed European treaty ports. The ruling Chinese government had outlawed the purchase of tea plants, but Fortune was able to coordinate the shipment of more than 20,000 plants and seedlings, in Wardian cases, to the Himalayas, effectively initiating the tea industry in India.

© RBG KEW

John Haverfield (c.1741-1820)
John Haverfield (c.1741-1820)
237. Gardening at Nainee Tal, India.
237. Gardening at Nainee Tal, India.
Marianne North painting in South Africa, circa 1883
Marianne North painting in South Africa, circa 1883
Marianne North at her Easel
Marianne North at her Easel
Marianne North by Julia Margaret Cameron
Marianne North by Julia Margaret Cameron
Tableau physique des Andes et pays voisins - Physical Tableau of the Andes and Neighboring Countries
Tableau physique des Andes et pays voisins - Physical Tableau of the Andes and Neighboring Countries
Medusagyne oppositifolia
Medusagyne oppositifolia
Neoregelia rosea
Neoregelia rosea
Poppy (Papaver), by Kan'en Iwasaki
Poppy (Papaver), by Kan'en Iwasaki
Coffea arabica, coffee
Coffea arabica, coffee
RBG Kew expedition to Cameroon
RBG Kew expedition to Cameroon
Fish Tongues used to grate Guarana
Fish Tongues used to grate Guarana
Medusagyne oppositifolia Featured Image

Medusagyne oppositifolia

Medusagyne oppositifolia. Medusagyne oppositifolia, the jellyfish tree, is a critically endangered tree endemic to the island of Mahé, the Seychelles. It is the only member of the Medusagyne genus of the Ochnaceae family of tropical trees and shrubs. The plant gets its common name from the distinctive jellyfish-like shape of its dehisced fruit.

© RBG Kew/John Dransfield

The Square, with the Market and Church, Jamestown, 1810
The Square, with the Market and Church, Jamestown, 1810
Carl von Linnaeus, Swedish botanist and taxonomist
Carl von Linnaeus, Swedish botanist and taxonomist
Barron's Tree Transplanter
Barron's Tree Transplanter
Davidia involucrata Plantae Davidianae by Franchet, 1888
Davidia involucrata Plantae Davidianae by Franchet, 1888
Cherry walk Panorama with the Temperate house
Cherry walk Panorama with the Temperate house
Nymphaea ‘Siam Pink’, waterlily
Nymphaea ‘Siam Pink’, waterlily
Horsebridge Wood
Horsebridge Wood
658. Distant View of Mount Fujiyama, Japan, and Wistaria.
658. Distant View of Mount Fujiyama, Japan, and Wistaria.
Prunus mume
Prunus mume
Trichoglottis smithii
Trichoglottis smithii
Cochineal beetle harvest, by Eadweard Muybridge
Cochineal beetle harvest, by Eadweard Muybridge
Snowdrop, galanthus nivalis
Snowdrop, galanthus nivalis
Cochineal beetle harvest, by Eadweard Muybridge Featured Image

Cochineal beetle harvest, by Eadweard Muybridge

Dactylopius coccus, cochineal beetles being harvested from Opuntia cacti, Antigua, West Indies, for the production of carminic acid used in the carmine dye, cochineal. The mode of gathering cochineal in Antigua,by Eadweard Muybridge (purchased 1876 by Joseph Hooker for Kew).

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Iris stocksii
Iris stocksii
Women gardeners at Kew, 1939-1945
Women gardeners at Kew, 1939-1945
Palm House Pond, RBG Kew, winter
Palm House Pond, RBG Kew, winter