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Choose from 49 images in our Royal Botanic Gardens collection.


Henry Ridley
Henry Ridley
Millennium Seed Bank, (MSB)
Millennium Seed Bank, (MSB)
Millennium Seed Bank (MSB) at Wakehurst, RBG Kew
Millennium Seed Bank (MSB) at Wakehurst, RBG Kew
The Treetop Walkway, RBG Kew
The Treetop Walkway, RBG Kew
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
RBG Kew expedition to Cameroon
RBG Kew expedition to Cameroon
Vegetables growing in the Demonstration Plot, RBG Kew, WWII
Vegetables growing in the Demonstration Plot, RBG Kew, WWII
Portrait of Sir William Jackson Hooker (1785-1865)
Portrait of Sir William Jackson Hooker (1785-1865)
Seasons - Spring Palm House, 2017
Seasons - Spring Palm House, 2017
Sir Peter Crane of RBG Kew
Sir Peter Crane of RBG Kew
Ernest Henry Wilson
Ernest Henry Wilson
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."

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The Broadwalk, RBG Kew
The Broadwalk, RBG Kew
Aquatic Garden
Aquatic Garden
Princess of Wales conservatory
Princess of Wales conservatory
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
Joseph Rock (1884-1962)
Joseph Rock (1884-1962)
Henry Ridley and houseboat, Kuala Tembeling, Malaysia, 1911
Henry Ridley and houseboat, Kuala Tembeling, Malaysia, 1911
John Davenport Snowden and wife, Uganda 1916
John Davenport Snowden and wife, Uganda 1916
Pioneers Cabin at the base of a Sequoiadendron giganteum
Pioneers Cabin at the base of a Sequoiadendron giganteum
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

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Women Gardeners (drinking tea) 1939
Women Gardeners (drinking tea) 1939
Women gardeners at Kew, 1939-1945
Women gardeners at Kew, 1939-1945
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
Plant Pressing in Camp, Brunei
Plant Pressing in Camp, Brunei
Flooding, Papua Province 1998
Flooding, Papua Province 1998
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
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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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
Kews women gardeners, November 1916
Kews women gardeners, November 1916
William Turrill botanising
William Turrill botanising
Kewites and wives Kampala, Uganda, 1923
Kewites and wives Kampala, Uganda, 1923
Arthur Hill, Director of Kew 1922-41
Arthur Hill, Director of Kew 1922-41
Alexander Wollaston
Alexander Wollaston
Some of Kews female staff, 1942
Some of Kews female staff, 1942
Female gardener, RBG Kew, World War II
Female gardener, RBG Kew, World War II
Portrait of Charles Darwin, 1868, by Julia Margaret Cameron
Portrait of Charles Darwin, 1868, by Julia Margaret Cameron
John Hutchinson
John Hutchinson