Plant Diversity ›› 2011, Vol. 33 ›› Issue (01): 31-38.DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1143.2011.10241

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The Role of a Modern Botanic Garden: the Evolution of Kew


  1. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and University of Oxford, UK
  • Received:2010-12-17 Online:2011-01-21 Published:2010-12-25


The history of botanic gardens in the United Kingdom is sketched out with particular reference to the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and its changing role to meet societal requirements over 250 years. Kew′s position as a modern scientific institution confronting today′s environmental issues through its Breathing Planet Programme yet retaining its heritage buildings and collections is pinpointed.

Key words: Botanic gardens, Breathing Planet Programme, Joseph Banks, Robert Brown, Joseph Hooker, William Hooker, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

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