Joseph Hooker at Kew Gardens

Joseph Hooker, 19th century botanical emperor, tireless traveller and ‘King of Kew’ is the subject of a new exhibition at Kew Gardens from March to September 2017, featuring botanical illustration, specimens, art and Hooker’s own personal possessions. Continue reading

Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden opens

View over the Mekong River from Pha Tad Ke, Laos. Photo Peter Morrell

View over the Mekong River from Pha Tad Ke, Laos. Photo Peter Morrell

Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden, the world’s newest botanical garden, has opened in Luang Prabang in Laos. With its wonderful jungle and Mekong River setting, nearby mountain and beautiful tropical plant displays, a visit to Pha Tad Ke should be on everyone’s south-east Asian itinerary. Continue reading

Bill and Melania obviously don’t garden

Melania and BillBill Clinton and Melania Trump have presumably shown their hands as non-gardeners – all clean fingernails and no secateur calluses – as US seed giant Burpee has announced a US$2.5 million gift to keep the famous White House Kitchen Garden going after the Obamas leave. Continue reading