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Background imageRbg Kew Collection: Eleanor Morland, Gertude Cope and Alice Hutchings, Kew gardeners, 1898

Eleanor Morland, Gertude Cope and Alice Hutchings, Kew gardeners, 1898
Eleanor Morland, Gertude Cope and Alice Hutchings, Kew gardeners, pictured in 1898, at RBG Kew. By 1902 all the women gardeners had left to take up horticultural posts elsewhere

Background imageRbg Kew Collection: Matilda Smith, botanical artist

Matilda Smith, botanical artist
Matilda Smith, Joseph Hookers second cousin, began training as a botanical artist in 1877, at the age of 23, and remained in Kews employ for 45 years

Background imageRbg Kew Collection: William Barrons Tree Transplanter

William Barrons Tree Transplanter
William Barron (1805-91)s Tree transplantor at Kew. Barron devised a horse-drawn machine that would allow trees to be uprooted and carried distances of up to 32km without damage

Background imageRbg Kew Collection: Millennium Seed Bank (MSB) at Wakehurst, RBG Kew

Millennium Seed Bank (MSB) at Wakehurst, RBG Kew
The frozen vaults of the Millennium Seed Bank (MSB) at Wakehurst, RBG Kew

Background imageRbg Kew Collection: Millennium Seed Bank (MSB) at Wakehurst, RBG Kew

Millennium Seed Bank (MSB) at Wakehurst, RBG Kew
Staff wearing protective clothing in the frozen vaults of the Millennium Seed Bank (MSB) at Wakehurst, RBG Kew

Background imageRbg Kew Collection: Wardian case in use

Wardian case in use
The Wardian case was used to protect and transport plants. It was invented by Dr. Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward (1791-1868)

Background imageRbg Kew Collection: 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

Background imageRbg Kew Collection: The Tea House, Kew Gardens

The Tea House, Kew Gardens, which opened in 1888, seen here before it was burned down by members of the womens suffrage movement as part of their campaign

Background imageRbg Kew Collection: Waterlily Pond, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, ca 1900

Waterlily Pond, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, ca 1900
The waterlily pond, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, ca 1900. The pond was one of Sir William Thiselton-Dyers additions, heated by condensed steam from the local water supply

Background imageRbg Kew Collection: Millennium Seed Bank, (MSB)

Millennium Seed Bank, (MSB)
Entrance to the Seed Bank Vault, Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst site, RBG Kew

Background imageRbg Kew Collection: Cinchona bark specimens

Cinchona bark specimens from the Economic Botany Collection, RBG Kew. Cinchona bark and its derived quinine alkaloids were the most effective treatment for malaria from the 17th century to the 1940s

Background imageRbg Kew Collection: The Pagoda, RBG Kew

The Pagoda, RBG Kew

Background imageRbg Kew Collection: Stella Ross Craig, botanical artist

Stella Ross Craig, botanical artist
Stella Ross-Craig, born in 1906, received an early induction into plant life from her father, a botanist, who taught his young daughter to identify wild flowers

Background imageRbg Kew Collection: The Birdman, Mr Allaway, 1901

The Birdman, Mr Allaway, 1901
The Birdman, Mr Allaway feeding penguin outside Museum No. 1 - 1901. In 1899 three penguins were presented to Kew by Albert Linney

Background imageRbg Kew Collection: The Treetop Walkway, RBG Kew

The Treetop Walkway, RBG Kew
The Treetop Walkway in the Arboretum, RBG Kew

Background imageRbg Kew Collection: Tamarindus indica, tamarind

Tamarindus indica, tamarind
Hand painted copy of an illustration of tamarind, commissioned by William Roxburgh. In his Flora Indica, Roxburgh describes this species as a magnificent tree, one of the largest in India

Background imageRbg Kew Collection: Women gardeners put on their clogs ready for work, World War II

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

Background imageRbg Kew Collection: William Thiselton Dyer

William Thiselton Dyer
On becoming Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, William Thiselton-Dyer appointed himself Inspector of the Kew Constabulary, a title that is still held by serving directors

Background imageRbg Kew Collection: Annie M Gulvin

Annie M Gulvin
Annie Gulvin and Alice Hutchings were the first female gardeners at Kew in 1896. Annie Gulvin (pictured here) left in 1897 to take up the post of head gardener on an estate in South Wales

Background imageRbg Kew Collection: Japanese Gateway, Kew Gardens c. 1910

Japanese Gateway, Kew Gardens c. 1910
Model of the Chokushi-Mon (Gateway of the Imperial Messenger), better known as the Japanese Gateway, gifted to Kew after its inclusion in the Japan-British exhibition held at Shepherds Bush in 1910

Background imageRbg Kew Collection: Portrait of Sir William Jackson Hooker (1785-1865)

Portrait of Sir William Jackson Hooker (1785-1865)
Sir William Jackson Hooker (1785-1865). Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 1841-1865. Photographic print on paper

Background imageRbg Kew Collection: Vaults at the Millennium Seed Bank

Vaults at the Millennium Seed Bank
Photo of Seed Collections staff in the vaults at the Millennium Seed Bank, Wakehurst, 2009. The Millennium Seed Bank (MSB) is a growing collection of seeds from around the world

Background imageRbg Kew Collection: Portrait of George Bentham (1800 -1884)

Portrait of George Bentham (1800 -1884)
George Bentham (1800-1884), CMG, LLD, FRS, PLS (copy of a portrait by Lowes Cato Dickinson) by Emily Mary Merrick (attributed to) Portrait of George Bentham (1800-1884)

Background imageRbg Kew Collection: Kews women gardeners, November 1916

Kews women gardeners, November 1916, during World War I. During the war womens roles at Kew continued to grow. Back row (l-r) K W Harper, I L Lines, H A Rowan, M I Yeo, N J Watson, E M HArper

Background imageRbg Kew Collection: Garden visitors inspect the Demonstration Plot at RBG Kew, during WWII

Garden visitors inspect the Demonstration Plot at RBG Kew, during WWII
Garden visitors inspect the vegetables in the Demonstration Plot, Kew Gardens, during World War II. Visitor numbers increased between 1941

Background imageRbg Kew Collection: Walter Fitch, Llewllyn House, Kew

Walter Fitch, Llewllyn House, Kew. Presented by his widow in 1904. Walter Fitch (1817-1892) was appointed as a botanical artist for Curtis Botanical magazine by William Hooker

Background imageRbg Kew Collection: Fish Tongues used to grate Guarana

Fish Tongues used to grate Guarana, Brazil. From the RBG Kew Economic Botany Collection, reference EBC 62374. Donated and collected by Richard Spruce

Background imageRbg Kew Collection: Bluebells in woodland at Wakehurst place

Bluebells in woodland at Wakehurst place
Bluebells at Wakehurst place, Sussex. Hyacinthoides non-scripta

Background imageRbg Kew Collection: Palm house with spring bedding

Palm house with spring bedding
Palm house spring bedding: panoramic view

Background imageRbg Kew Collection: Vegetables growing in the Demonstration Plot, RBG Kew, WWII

Vegetables growing in the Demonstration Plot, RBG Kew, WWII
Vegetables growing in the Demonstration Plot, RBG Kew, during World War II. The Model Allotment Plan initiated by the Ministry of Agriculture was designed to provide a household of five people with a

Background imageRbg Kew Collection: 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

Background imageRbg Kew Collection: MSB Seed bank vault

MSB Seed bank vault
The Millennium Seed Bank vault, managed by RBG Kew, at Wakehurst Place, Sussex, UK. The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership is the largest ex situ plant conservation programme in the world

Background imageRbg Kew Collection: Kew Pagoda from the Refreshment Pavillion

Kew Pagoda from the Refreshment Pavillion

Background imageRbg Kew Collection: Lettuces

Lettuces in the student vegetable plots, RBG Kew

Background imageRbg Kew Collection: RBG Kew expedition to Cameroon

RBG Kew expedition to Cameroon, 1995. Between 1995-2003, several RBG Kew-National Herbarium of Cameroon (HNC) teams combed the forest, supported by local conservation NGOs and Earthwatch volunteers

Background imageRbg Kew Collection: Nursery at the Millennium Seed Bank

Nursery at the Millennium Seed Bank, Wakehurst place, Sussex

Background imageRbg Kew Collection: Sir Peter Crane of RBG Kew

Sir Peter Crane of RBG Kew on an expedition to Borneo, seen here climbing into the tree canopy of the Sabah rainforest, 2005

Background imageRbg Kew Collection: The Broadwalk, RBG Kew

The Broadwalk, RBG Kew
Visitors enjoy the hot colours in the summer Broadwalk bedding displays, RBG Kew

Background imageRbg Kew Collection: Aquatic Garden

Aquatic Garden with waterlilies in flower, RBG Kew

Background imageRbg Kew Collection: Helleborus orientalis, Queen of the Night

Helleborus orientalis, Queen of the Night. Family: Ranunculaceae

Background imageRbg Kew Collection: Wisteria floribunda Alba

Wisteria floribunda Alba (white Japanese wisteria). Family: Papilionaceae

Background imageRbg Kew Collection: Lobelia cardinalis Queen Victoria

Lobelia cardinalis Queen Victoria
Lobelia cardinalis " Queen Victoria" (cardinal flower). Family: Campanulaceae

Background imageRbg Kew Collection: Passiflora caerulea (passion flower)

Passiflora caerulea (passion flower). Family:Passifloraceae

Background imageRbg Kew Collection: Vriesea splendens

Vriesea splendens. Family: Bromeliaceae

Background imageRbg Kew Collection: Aristolochia grandiflora

Aristolochia grandiflora (pelican flower). Pelican flower produces enormous trumpet-shaped flowers, which smell of rotting meat and attract flies and wasps as its pollinators. Family: Aristolochiaceae

Background imageRbg Kew Collection: Allium ursinum, Wild garlic flowers

Allium ursinum, Wild garlic flowers
Allium ursinum, wild garlic flowers. Family: Amaryllidaceae

Background imageRbg Kew Collection: Wakehurst Mansion

Wakehurst Mansion
The Mansion at Wakehurst Place. Wakehurst Place is a National Trust site, managed by Kew Gardens. It is situated in West Sussex, set in 465 acres of country estate and boasts ornamental gardens

Background imageRbg Kew Collection: Iris Dell

Iris Dell with flowering azaleas, Wakehurst Place, Sussex. To the southeast of the Black Pond is a water body and waterfall surrounded by Japanese irises, maples and rhododendrons




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