Bulb planting on Kew Road

Bulb planting on Kew Road: making a Bigger Splash

Update 11/12/2018

To complement our efforts at Kew Gardens station to brighten the entry to the Royal Botanic Gardens with new planting, we have now funded and planted 4,600 bulbs in the Kew Road grass verges, opposite the Victoria Gate entrance to the Gardens. We are grateful to Richard Wilford at the Botanic Gardens for his suggestions on the best bulbs to plant to tie in with their own planting, to Richmond Council for agreeing we could do this, and to their contractors, Continental Landscapes Ltd, for ordering the bulbs for us and working alongside us, pro bono, to complete the planting which we could not have done alone. Six Kew Society volunteers worked hard with Continental Landscapes Ltd to complete the work in November.

 

This is how the area looked last Spring, on either side of the pedestrian crossing entrance:

 

Keep your eyes peeled for a much Bigger Splash, we hope, this coming Spring! The bulbs include Narcissus “February Gold”, a white Narcissus, “Jack Snipe”, a white daffodil, “February Silver” and a white crocus, “Jeanne d’Arc”.

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EVENTS

Event Information:

  • Wed
    17
    Jan
    2018
    5:30 pmRoyal Botanic Gardens, Kew

    Kew Society members were offered a rare opportunity to visit the Economic Botany Collection at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. This is the oldest and perhaps the most fascinating of Kew's science collections containing over 100,000 items. The collection began in 1847.

    The tour was lead by Mark Nesbitt, who is senior Ethobotanist and Curator at RGB Kew and he delved into Kew's history and current science research via a unique collections of rubber, lacebark, Chinese medicines and other useful plants. The term Economic Botany essentially means 'useful plants'.

     

    Jamaica lace plant. George II once had a suit made using this 'imitation' lace.

    The bark simply peals back to expose this extraordinary lace.

    Mark has been working with groups to help reintroduce this plant for commercial purposes.

    The collection houses many & varied Chinese medicines.

    These Alpine plants from New Zealand were labelled 'Vegetable Sheep' and caused a sensation in Victorian London.

    Maori cloak, though to be ceremonial. Made from an Alpine plant that mimics leather.

    Mark has been working with ethnic groups using this very valuable cloak.

    Wild rubber hot water bottle.

     

    The tour was very generously free and we are exceedingly grateful to Mark Nesbitt for making this most generous offer to our members.

    Click here for Mark's own page detailing his research