Kew's New Garden

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Published on September 6th 2019
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A quiet bench in the Kew Botanical garden, london, in the new evolution and science garden, Agius Evolution Garden
Arguably the most famous garden in Britain, The Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, has opened a new garden.
Designed to explore new scientific finding in plant families, the Agius Evolution Garden is said to be a "horticultural feast of visual beauty" and scientific learning.
Herbaceous borders in Kew Gardens, london. Agius Evolution Garden
An array of herbaceous boarders in the Agius Evolution Garden

The plant kingdom's story told in a unique setting

The Agius Evolution Garden celebrates 350 years of plant adaptation, illustrating surprising findings of recent DNA analysis.
Traditionally, visual likeness has been used to decide which plants are related. Families have been based around which plants share the same physical characteristics.
Echinacea in a summer meadow in the Kew Botanical garden, london, in the new evolution and science garden, Agius Evolution Garden
Late summer will be showcasing some of the most spectacular planting

DNA Discoveries

However, Kew has been contributing to the global effort to uncover the histories and families of plants using DNA analysis.
This analysis has contributed to a number of surprising findings. Did you know the nettle family is surprisingly close to the rose family? And the London Plane tree and lotus flower are related.

What to expect

Eight sections of the garden group newly realised relatives in the plant kingdom. As the gardens mature stark differences will be seen between the sections of families. The garden illustrates a deeper understanding of plant evolution in an accessible format for all audience. Late summer will reveal some highlights of the planting.
Herbaceous borders in Kew Gardens, london. Agius Evolution Garden
A view across a family grouping in the Agius Evolution Garden
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A feast for the eyes, here are some highlights

A bench in the Agius Evolution Garden, in Kew, London
A contemplative spot in the Agius Evolution Garden
A yellow rose in the Kew Botanical garden, london, in the new evolution and science garden, Agius Evolution Garden
Roses, newly discovered to be related to the nettle family
Echinacea white swan in the Kew Botanical garden, london, in the new evolution and science garden, Agius Evolution Garden
Echinacea, White swan
An obelisk, old stone structure in the Kew Botanical garden, london, in the new evolution and science garden, Agius Evolution Garden
Sanguisorba, Blathorn, looking across at the obelisk
Erysinum - Bowles Mauve (a tall purple flower)in the Kew Botanical garden, london, in the new evolution and science garden, Agius Evolution Garden
Erysimum, Bowles Mauve
Eucomis - Pink Gin, a tall pink group of flowering stems in the Kew Botanical garden, london, in the new evolution and science garden, Agius Evolution Garden
Eucomis, Pink gin
Eupatorium tall pink flowers in a meadow in the Kew Botanical garden, london, in the new evolution and science garden, Agius Evolution Garden
Eupatorium, grouped with it's family in one section of the garden

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