Kew’s 250th Anniversary


flowerAnecdotes of His Late Majesty…

The King [George lll] loved more rural scenery….At Kew he expended considerable sums in converting a most uninviting and unfavourable spot into a a beautiful pleasure-garden, and made a paradise bloom in what was before a wild….’ 

‘His Majesty…formed with much assiduity his botanical garden at Kew, which he highly prized, as it contains a collection of exotics to be found no where else. ‘ Caledonian Mercury (Edinburgh, Scotland), Saturday, February 12, 1820; Issue 15359.

A scientific conference to mark the 250 year celebrations will be held on  12 – 16 October 2009,  looking at plant conservation, agriculture, management, politics and technology.  

There is also the current exhibition at the Pavillion Restaurant of the The International Garden Photographer of the Year , whose winner Jonathan Berman‘s photograph  In Tresco Abbey Gardens,  is on display with other entries for the competition.  The exhibition runs from 23 May – 13 September 2009.

Loughborough University Library holds many books on botanical illustration,  horticulture,  and garden design , as well as over a hundred e-journals covering horticulture, forestry, soil science, plant biology, landscape and garden history, all available via MetaLib.    Athens username and password required for off campus access

If you would like to learn more about the history of Kew Gardens, please see the links below.

Kew, History and Heritage

Artists  [Botanical artists associated with Kew]

Royal Mail    – Action for Species stamps

Plants and Fungie Species Profiles


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