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Kew Gardens


Kew Gardens
Kew Gardens (officially "Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew") is a set of gardens and botanical glass houses in Southwest London. It is an important center of botanical research and education, as well as being a visitor and tourist attraction.

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Kew Gardens

By Virginia Woolf

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“White butterflies danced one above another, making with their white shifting flakes the outline of a shattered marble column above the tallest flowers; the glass roofs of the palm house shone as if a whole market full of shiny green umbrellas had opened in the sun; and in the drone of the aeroplane the voice of the summer sky murmured its fierce soul.”

On a hot summer’s day, the Palm House at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, sees the shuffle of thousands of visitors. While some are glad to catch a moment’s rest, others have been inspired by the house’s magnificent displays—both floral and human. A century ago, one of the Garden’s most famous visitors turned her observations into an enchanting story.

Kew Gardens is one of Virginia Woolf’s earliest short stories. The gentle narrative drifts among an eclectic group of visitors as they stroll through the Gardens, including a young couple, a pair of middle-aged ladies looking for tea, and even a snail making a determined trek through the flower beds. Woolf creates an impressionistic world with snippets of conversation, wondering thoughts, and sparks of color.

This edition published by Kew features delightful illustrations by Livi Mills. It will be a treasured addition to the bookshelves of Woolfians everywhere.

Kew Guide: 5th edition

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
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The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew boasts more than 325 acres, more than thirty thousand plant species, and more than 1.35 million visitors a year. With so many sights and more than two centuries of history, the Kew Guide is the perfect introduction for anyone wishing for a memorable visit—and a perfect keepsake for those wanting a memory to take home.

This extensive guidebook helps readers discover Kew's many greenhouses, landscapes, and exhibits while exploring both the scientific and the artistic sides of the gardens. Chapters zoom in on Kew’s glasshouses and the plants they house, the variety of gardens and plant collections in them, the trees and the wildlife of the arboretum, and the stunning contemporary and historical architecture. The book also provides an engaging overview of Kew’s history, from the time Caesar walked the land to the introduction of the Millennium Seed Bank.

With beautiful photographs that bring the grounds to life, and a bounty of garden facts, this new edition of the Kew Guide is sure to be treasured.

The Kew Gardens Flowering Plants Colouring Book: Over 40 Beautiful Illustrations Plus Colour Guides

By Arcturus Publishing

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The Story of Kew Gardens in Photographs

By Lynn Parker

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
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In 1837, Daguerre developed his eponymous process, opening the doors to modern photography. Around the same time, the once-neglected Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, found itself the focus of renewed interest and rapid expansion. The renaissance at Kew and revolution in photography are inextricably linked, as professional photographers and casual tourists alike have been capturing pieces of Kew’s history for more than one hundred years, marking its development one frame at a time. The Story of Kew Gardens in Photographs brings together two hundred and fifty of those photographs to tell the tale of these magnificent gardens.

The Story of Kew Gardens in Photographs covers the period from 1844 to the 1970s, ending as another advance, color photography, was taking hold. Featuring many rarely seen photographs, the collection provides a fascinating look at the botanical and social history of the gardens. The black-and-white images show a remarkable transformation in the growth and expansion of the gardens. The photographs also illustrate the importance of plants in the British Empire and how Kew became one of the most important botanical institutions in the world. This engrossing book provides a glimpse of British history from the days of vacationing royalty to the great Victorian plant hunters, through two world wars and millions of visitors. 

The Kew Gardens Exotic Plants Colouring Book

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This beautifully illustrated colouring book feature artworks of plants taken from the archive of Curtis' Botanical Magazine the world's most enduring and respected periodical of its kind, published by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Features 44 line artworks for you to colour in, each accompanied by the artist's original watercolour plate.

The Princess's Garden: Royal Intrigue and the Untold Story of Kew

By Vanessa Berridge

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The British enthusiasm for gardening has fascinating roots. The Empire and trade across the globe created an obsession with exotic new plants, and showed the power and reach of Britain in the early eighteenth century. At that time, national influence wasn’t measured by sporting success, musical or artistic influence. Instead it was expressed in the design of parks and gardens such as Kew and Stowe, and the style of these grand gardens was emulated first throughout Britain and then increasingly around the world.

Augusta of Saxe-Gotha arrived in England aged sixteen, speaking barely any English, to be married to the wild Prince Frederick, the reviled eldest son of George II. Her lifelong association with Kew Gardens, and that of her husband and their close friend, Lord Bute, would prove to be one that changed the face of British gardening forever. In this book, Vanessa Berridge tells a tangled tale of royal intrigue, scandal and determination in the Georgian court and draws us into the politically charged world of garden design.

The Kew Gardens Colouring Book

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