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Henry Ridley
Henry Ridley
The Tea House, Kew Gardens
The Tea House, Kew Gardens
William Barrons Tree Transplanter
William Barrons Tree Transplanter
Waterlily Pond, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, ca 1900
Waterlily Pond, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, ca 1900
Palm House and Parterre
Palm House and Parterre
Wardian case in use
Wardian case in use
Eleanor Morland, Gertude Cope and Alice Hutchings, Kew gardeners, 1898
Eleanor Morland, Gertude Cope and Alice Hutchings, Kew gardeners, 1898
William Dallimore
William Dallimore
Henry Ridley and rubber tree, Singapore
Henry Ridley and rubber tree, Singapore
Nathaniel Wallich FRS (28 January 1786 - 28 April 1854)
Nathaniel Wallich FRS (28 January 1786 - 28 April 1854)
The Palm House
The Palm House
planting bulbs on the Broadwalk
planting bulbs on the Broadwalk
William Dallimore Featured Image

William Dallimore

William Dallimore (1871-1959), known to his colleagues as "good old Dallimore" was a well-liked and long serving member of staff at RBG Kew for more than 45 years. He joined Kew as a student gardener in 1891, aged 20, and worked in the Palm House, the tropical Propagating Pits and the Arboretum, of which he became foreman (now termed curator) in 1901. This undated photograph shows him as a young man, possibly in his student days, carrying tree-pruning equipment. He later became Keeper of the Museums, established the Wood Museum and supervised the development of the National Pinetum at Bedgebury. He was regarded as one of the leading authorities on trees and shrubs in the UK

© RBG KEW

Barrons Tree Transplanter
Barrons Tree Transplanter
The Rhododendron Dell, Kew Gardens
The Rhododendron Dell, Kew Gardens
Cochineal beetle harvest, by Eadweard Muybridge
Cochineal beetle harvest, by Eadweard Muybridge
History
History
Annie M Gulvin
Annie M Gulvin
Seedlings of Cinchona succirubra, India, 1861
Seedlings of Cinchona succirubra, India, 1861
Women gardeners put on their clogs ready for work, World War II
Women gardeners put on their clogs ready for work, World War II
Garden visitors inspect the Demonstration Plot at RBG Kew, during WWII
Garden visitors inspect the Demonstration Plot at RBG Kew, during WWII
William Thiselton Dyer
William Thiselton Dyer
The Birdman, Mr Allaway, 1901
The Birdman, Mr Allaway, 1901
Japanese Gateway, Kew Gardens c.1910
Japanese Gateway, Kew Gardens c.1910
Wardian Case
Wardian Case
Women gardeners put on their clogs ready for work, World War II Featured Image

Women gardeners put on their clogs ready for work, World War II

Women gardeners were employed at Kew during World War II, after an interval of nearly a quarter of a century. Fourteen women were enrolled onto the staff in 1940, joined by a further thirteen in 1941. The women referred to their unifrom of apron and clogs as battledress'. The clogs were wooden soled shoes with leather uppers. One of the women, Jean Thompson told colleague Betty Cooper: "My most vivid impression was the difficulty I had balancing on the rocks in my clogs."

© RBG KEW

A View of the Palace from the North Side of the Lake
A View of the Palace from the North Side of the Lake
Walter Fitch, Llewllyn House, Kew
Walter Fitch, Llewllyn House, Kew
Vegetables growing in the Demonstration Plot, RBG Kew, WWII
Vegetables growing in the Demonstration Plot, RBG Kew, WWII
The Kew Gardens Question
The Kew Gardens Question
William Andrews Nesfields plan of the Broadwalk at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
William Andrews Nesfields plan of the Broadwalk at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Frank Norman Howes, RBG Kew
Frank Norman Howes, RBG Kew
Stella Ross Craig, botanical artist
Stella Ross Craig, botanical artist
Ann Webster, botanical artist, RBG Kew, 1951
Ann Webster, botanical artist, RBG Kew, 1951
Matilda Smith, botanical artist
Matilda Smith, botanical artist
The Royal Botanic Gardens Constabulary
The Royal Botanic Gardens Constabulary
George Appleby
George Appleby
Ernest Henry Wilson
Ernest Henry Wilson
Matilda Smith, botanical artist Featured Image

Matilda Smith, botanical artist

Matilda Smith, Joseph Hooker's second cousin, began training as a botanical artist in 1877, at the age of 23, and remained in Kew's employ for 45 years, producing more than 2300 drawings for Curtis Botanical Magazine. She became the Civil Service's first payrolled botanical artist. In 1916 she became president of the Kew Guild and in 1921 was accepted as an associate of the Linnean Society, only the second woman to receive this honour. Hooker's second cousin, began training as a botanical artist in 1877, at the age of 23, and remained in Kew's employ for 45 years, producing more than 2300 drawings for Curtis Botanical Magazine. She became the Civil Service's first payrolled botanical artist. In 1916 she became president of the Kew Guild and in 1921 was accepted as an associate of the Linnean Society, only the second woman to receive this honour

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Women gardeners, The Rock Garden, RBG Kew, World War II
Women gardeners, The Rock Garden, RBG Kew, World War II
Female gardener working in the orchid house, during World War II
Female gardener working in the orchid house, during World War II
World War II, Kew Gardens: Talk at the Demonstration plot about growing your own food
World War II, Kew Gardens: Talk at the Demonstration plot about growing your own food
Vegetables cultivated on Kew Green, 1917
Vegetables cultivated on Kew Green, 1917
Joseph Reardon pictured during service in WWI
Joseph Reardon pictured during service in WWI
Kew Guild dinner at the Holborn Restaurant, London, 1905
Kew Guild dinner at the Holborn Restaurant, London, 1905
John Hutchinson
John Hutchinson
The first four Keepers of the Herbarium, Kew Gardens
The first four Keepers of the Herbarium, Kew Gardens
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
Burnt remains of the Refreshment Pavilion, Kew Gardens, 1913
Burnt remains of the Refreshment Pavilion, Kew Gardens, 1913