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Miltonia spectabilis (Pansy orchid), 1882-1897
Miltonia spectabilis (Pansy orchid), 1882-1897
Davidia involucrata, 1912
Davidia involucrata, 1912
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
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
The Palm House, Kew Gardens
The Palm House, Kew Gardens
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
Women Gardeners (drinking tea) 1939
Women Gardeners (drinking tea) 1939
Joseph Reardon pictured during service in WWI Featured Image

Joseph Reardon pictured during service in WWI

Joseph Reardon joined the staff as a gardener in July 1914, having trained at Tully Nurseries, Kildare. He attended Kew's "Mutual improvement Society" scoring the highest numbers in Economic Botany and in October 1914 lectured on Alpines in ireland for the same course. In October 1915 he left to become an Assistant at Cambridge Botanic Gardens, Massachusetts, where he was appointed Curator four years later. He is portrayed here during his wartime naval service

© RBG KEW

Women gardeners at Kew, 1939-1945
Women gardeners at Kew, 1939-1945
Close up of the Palm House Door
Close up of the Palm House Door
Joseph Banks
Joseph Banks
indian bean tree
indian bean tree
chilean wine palm, Temperate House interior
chilean wine palm, Temperate House interior
Ehretia macrophylla
Ehretia macrophylla
Cornus kousa var. chinensis
Cornus kousa var. chinensis
Kew Plant Collector
Kew Plant Collector
Seed Collection in the Namibian Desert
Seed Collection in the Namibian Desert
Studying Kniphofia (red hot pokers) on an RBG Kew expedition to Malawi
Studying Kniphofia (red hot pokers) on an RBG Kew expedition to Malawi
RBG Kew expedition to Malawi
RBG Kew expedition to Malawi
Baobab (Adansonia) and Sisal (Agave sisalana) near Berenty nature reserve, Madagascar
Baobab (Adansonia) and Sisal (Agave sisalana) near Berenty nature reserve, Madagascar
Joseph Banks Featured Image

Joseph Banks

Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820), wealthy philanthropist, natural history lover, patron and first unofficial director of Kew Gardens from about 1773. Used his considerable influence to advance the Royal Gardens at Kew. Travelled with Captain Cook on HMS Endeavour to the South Pacific, visiting South America, Tahiti, New Zealand, Australia and Java, from 1768 to 1771. President of the Royal Society 1778 to 1820

© RBG KEW

Plant Pressing in Camp, Brunei
Plant Pressing in Camp, Brunei
Flooding, Papua Province 1998
Flooding, Papua Province 1998
Snow drops at RBG Kew
Snow drops at RBG Kew
Kew Gardens at Christmas
Kew Gardens at Christmas
Richard Spruce
Richard Spruce
John Wilfred Sutch
John Wilfred Sutch
Botanist Mary Ruth Fussel Jackson Taylor, RBG Kew, 1939
Botanist Mary Ruth Fussel Jackson Taylor, RBG Kew, 1939
Women gardeners, RBG Kew, World War II
Women gardeners, RBG Kew, World War II
Potato tuber slices being dried in trays of peat, WWII
Potato tuber slices being dried in trays of peat, WWII
William Turrill in gas protection suit, spring 1940
William Turrill in gas protection suit, spring 1940
Observation post, RBG Kew, 1939
Observation post, RBG Kew, 1939
Sandbags outside the Herbarium, Kew, 1939
Sandbags outside the Herbarium, Kew, 1939
John Wilfred Sutch Featured Image

John Wilfred Sutch

John Wilfred Sutch, born 8 November 1923, worked as a gardener in the T-Range, Palm House and Arboretum. At the age of 18 he left Kew to join the army, joining the 1st Northants Yeomanry as a tank driver. He served in Normandy in the summer of 1944 and was killed during the battle for Falaise Gap. The Journal of the Kew Guild described him as knowledgable, conscientious and as displaying considerable promise

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Kews women gardeners, November 1916
Kews women gardeners, November 1916
Kewites and wives Kampala, Uganda, 1923
Kewites and wives Kampala, Uganda, 1923
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
Packing tea in India
Packing tea in India