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Choose from 55 images in our Botanic Garden collection.


The Tea House, Kew Gardens
The Tea House, Kew Gardens
Waterlily Pond, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, ca 1900
Waterlily Pond, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, ca 1900
Henry Ridley and rubber tree, Singapore
Henry Ridley and rubber tree, Singapore
The Rhododendron Dell, Kew Gardens
The Rhododendron Dell, Kew Gardens
Cochineal beetle harvest, by Eadweard Muybridge
Cochineal beetle harvest, by Eadweard Muybridge
Seedlings of Cinchona succirubra, India, 1861
Seedlings of Cinchona succirubra, India, 1861
The Birdman, Mr Allaway, 1901
The Birdman, Mr Allaway, 1901
Japanese Gateway, Kew Gardens c.1910
Japanese Gateway, Kew Gardens c.1910
783. View in the Botanic Garden, Brisbane, Queensland
783. View in the Botanic Garden, Brisbane, Queensland
218. Clump of Bamboo in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Peradeniya, C
218. Clump of Bamboo in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Peradeniya, C
The Kew Gardens Question
The Kew Gardens Question
The Great Flagstaff, RBG Kew
The Great Flagstaff, RBG Kew
The Kew Gardens Question Featured Image

The Kew Gardens Question

The Kew Gardens Question. This political cartoon was published in 1878 as part of the ongoing debate as to whether the public should be allowed into the gardens in the mornings, before 1pm. Officially, only botanist and botanical artists were allowed morning access, with the Director's permission. The Kew Gardens Public Rights Defence Association was set up and successfully campaigned against this. The author of the article accompanying this cartoon smuggled himself into a morning session at the Gardens and claimed that those eminent botanists inside were mostly fast asleep in garden chairs and other gentlemen were "engaged in testing the effects of cigar smoke on open-air evergreens."

© RBG KEW

Joey the Stanley Crane, Kew Gardens
Joey the Stanley Crane, Kew Gardens
Aircraft crash, Kew, 1928
Aircraft crash, Kew, 1928
Burnt remains of the Refreshment Pavilion, Kew Gardens, 1913
Burnt remains of the Refreshment Pavilion, Kew Gardens, 1913
Directors House and Garden, Kew. Sir William Turner Thiselton-Dyer and Harriet Anne Thiselton-Dyer
Directors House and Garden, Kew. Sir William Turner Thiselton-Dyer and Harriet Anne Thiselton-Dyer
Lalbagh Botanic Gardens, Bangalore, India
Lalbagh Botanic Gardens, Bangalore, India
Cultivation of Cinchona succirubra trees on the Madulsima Cinchona Cos estate, Ceylon (Sri Lanka) 1882
Cultivation of Cinchona succirubra trees on the Madulsima Cinchona Cos estate, Ceylon (Sri Lanka) 1882
Richard Spruce
Richard Spruce
The arrival of the flagstaff off the Sion Vista, Kew, circa 1916
The arrival of the flagstaff off the Sion Vista, Kew, circa 1916
Felled tree for Kew Flagstaff, British Columbia, 1914
Felled tree for Kew Flagstaff, British Columbia, 1914
Kew Flag pole en route from Vancouver, 1915
Kew Flag pole en route from Vancouver, 1915
Aircraft emergency landing, Kew, 1938
Aircraft emergency landing, Kew, 1938
Stereograph, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Stereograph, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
The arrival of the flagstaff off the Sion Vista, Kew, circa 1916 Featured Image

The arrival of the flagstaff off the Sion Vista, Kew, circa 1916

The arrival of the flagstaff off the Sion Vista, Kew: "accepting delivery", circa 1916. Gifted by the Provincial Governement of British Columbia, it was towed along the Thames by tug boat. Produced from the trunk of a Douglas Fir, it stood at approximately 91m. Its erection was delayed by World War I and it was not until October 1919 that the flagstaff was finally hoisted into place. A flagpole, (twice replaced) stood at Kew from 1861 to 2007, when the loss of a great tree was considered too high a price to pay, and it was not replaced

© RBG KEW

Kew Green, Richmond, at the end of the August Bank Holiday, 1926
Kew Green, Richmond, at the end of the August Bank Holiday, 1926
Kew Pagoda from the Refreshment Pavillion
Kew Pagoda from the Refreshment Pavillion
Amorphophallus titanum flowering, 1901
Amorphophallus titanum flowering, 1901
Kew Road and Entrance to Kew Gardens
Kew Road and Entrance to Kew Gardens
Kew Pier and steam boat
Kew Pier and steam boat
Ringing the work bell, India circa 1910
Ringing the work bell, India circa 1910
House of Walter Haydon, curator of the botanic station at Kotu in Gambia
House of Walter Haydon, curator of the botanic station at Kotu in Gambia
Japanese hemp production circa 1910
Japanese hemp production circa 1910
Preparing cinnamon, Sri Lanka, 1880's
Preparing cinnamon, Sri Lanka, 1880's
Drying coffee in the Straits Settlements, Southeast Asia, 1899
Drying coffee in the Straits Settlements, Southeast Asia, 1899
Preparing cinnamon quills for drying, Sri lanka, 1880's
Preparing cinnamon quills for drying, Sri lanka, 1880's
Coffee harvest at Batu Cave Estate, Singapore, 1899
Coffee harvest at Batu Cave Estate, Singapore, 1899
Amorphophallus titanum flowering, 1901 Featured Image

Amorphophallus titanum flowering, 1901

The Titan arum, Amorphophallus titanum is known as the corpse flower in its native Indonesia because of the rancid smell, described by Curtis's Botanical magazine as a mixture of rotten fish and burnt sugar, which it emits as it flowers. It caused a sensation when it first bloomed at Kew in June 1889; the odour attracted "many bluebottle flies" and visitors were greatly disturbed by the smell. The artist Matilda Smith, who recorded the first flowering endured many hours painting it and consequently felt ill. The inflorescence can grow to more than 2.5m and is surrounded by a single purple leaf. These photographs were taken over a four-day period during a later blooming in 1901

© RBG KEW

Men laden with Brick tea for Tibet
Men laden with Brick tea for Tibet
Drying or withering tea leaves
Drying or withering tea leaves
Packing tea in India
Packing tea in India
Bringing in the plucked tea leaves in India
Bringing in the plucked tea leaves in India
Tea plantation, Far East
Tea plantation, Far East
The Palm House, Kew Gardens
The Palm House, Kew Gardens
Harvesting tea leaves, India
Harvesting tea leaves, India
Richard Spruce
Richard Spruce
C W Anderson with Cannonball tree, Couroupita guianensis photographed at the Botanical Gardens, Georgetown
C W Anderson with Cannonball tree, Couroupita guianensis photographed at the Botanical Gardens, Georgetown
Sir William Hooker
Sir William Hooker
Miss Cotton posing on the leaf of giant waterlily Kew Gardens, 1923
Miss Cotton posing on the leaf of giant waterlily Kew Gardens, 1923
732. Palms and Ferns, a scene in the Botanic Garden, Queensland
732. Palms and Ferns, a scene in the Botanic Garden, Queensland
682. Group of Palms, Botanic Garden, Buitenzorg, Java
682. Group of Palms, Botanic Garden, Buitenzorg, Java
666. Palms in the Botanic Garden, Buitenzorg, Java
666. Palms in the Botanic Garden, Buitenzorg, Java
610. A Tailors Shop in the Botanic Garden, Buitenzorg, shaded b
610. A Tailors Shop in the Botanic Garden, Buitenzorg, shaded b
515. A View in the Botanic Garden, Teneriffe
515. A View in the Botanic Garden, Teneriffe
284. Talipot Palm, near the Botanic Garden, Peradeniya, Ceylon
284. Talipot Palm, near the Botanic Garden, Peradeniya, Ceylon
58. Study of the Travellers Tree of Madagascar in the Botanic G
58. Study of the Travellers Tree of Madagascar in the Botanic G
Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker
Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker