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Choose from 46 images in our Botanical 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
The Kew Gardens Question
The Kew Gardens Question
The Great Flagstaff, RBG Kew
The Great Flagstaff, RBG Kew
Joey the Stanley Crane, Kew Gardens
Joey the Stanley Crane, Kew Gardens
Aircraft crash, Kew, 1928
Aircraft crash, Kew, 1928
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

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
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
Kew Green, Richmond, at the end of the August Bank Holiday, 1926 Featured Image

Kew Green, Richmond, at the end of the August Bank Holiday, 1926

Kew Green, Richmond, at the end of the August Bank Holiday celebrations, 1926. William Dallimore, Keeper of the Museums of Economic Botany, Kew Gardens, described a Bank Holiday in the 1890's, writing that the visitors enjoyed themselves "seriously enough as long as they were within the Gardens, but... as the Gardens were cleared, they remained on Kew Green for two or three hours and a large kiss-in-the-ring was formed to which all comers were welcome, and the fun became fast and furious." Stalls on the Green sold cockles, cakes, tea and lemonade, and fortunes were told for a penny a time

© RBG KEW

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
Men laden with Brick tea for Tibet
Men laden with Brick tea for Tibet
Drying or withering tea leaves
Drying or withering tea leaves
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

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
Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker
Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker