1 RBGKew


landscape of beautiful countryside seen from the train we were getting on



It took about 4hours from Hidcote, Cotswolds.

At dusk,

We finally arrived at “Kew” which is along with the River Thames


winter-blooming cherry tree ??


our 10days training  at  Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (http://www.kew.org) = RBGK

began from Jan19 to 30



traveling to work via Kew Bridge


●Rose Pruning

Our first day,

we started working from outside.

we joined one of the teams of Rose pruning.


“Risk of Work” was explained with this document before we started work.


the teacher gave us demonstration.

normally Roses are pruned in Feb

but we needed to do it at that time as it had been warmer winter this year in London.


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the new beds was being created.



::::::::::::::::::::::::Highlight of RBGK: Encounter the TREES::::::::::::::::::::::::

when walking around RBGK. we always encounter many kinds of  powerful trees.

this is one of them!


Stone pine (Pinus pinea)


★Nursery~ Plants collected from all over the world

RBGK is well known as the place collecting plants from all over the world. especially Tropical plants collection,such as orchid, bromeliad and dry tropical plants from Mascarene ,is top class.

Here we were is Tropical Nursery. — three nurseries in RBGK and they places hidden to public.

*We had a look around the nursery with explanation by one of great Kew’s staffs!

・There are 21 zones in this nursery and each one’s temperature, humidity and etc is controlled by Computer system.


・this nursery has 2,500~3,000 species.

↓↓ here, this is the species of endemic rubiacea from rodriguez island Mascarene.

(red circle on labels means species of “endemic” )

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・3 pots are (try to) kept per 1 spice for conservation, research and display.

・we could see the plants of Temperate house which is getting restored now.

・seed is collected for Nursery and also Millennium seed (bankhttp://www.kew.org/science-conservation/millennium-seed-bank) which has strong relationship to RGBK.

●Zone13 Tropical Herbaceous

Collection: Marantacea,Begoniacea,Acanthacea,Peperomiacea…etc



Green and Purple. we can see this combination a lot!;)


Alcohol to Mealybugs


Begonia Collection!!




Begonia acerifolia  which  is the species of endemic (Colombia,Ecuador)




after pinching, pots were put on the table in order of like mother back and children front.


::::::::::::::::::::::::Highlight of RBGK : Noticed at Nnursery::::::::::::::::::::::::


・RGBK started collecting rain water for using Nursery (not for plants) since 5 years before.

・in the UK, water is more alkaline than Japan and USA and including lime. they make it into Pure water so that make it suitable for many plants.

・they use two kind of waters such as “Rain water” and “Treated water” which is pure, used for plants and more expensive than other one.


●Fern Repotting


showing us natural habitat of ferns

this size of fern is repotted every one year.

Ferns like water but not too much!


*mixing soil

we mixed soil for ferns… like this ↓↓


1) making mountain of layers of each ingredients like bark,gravel…etc.

2) scoop from under the mountain to top  and then put it onto ground next the mountain.


::::::::::::::::::::::::Highlight of RBGK : Noticed at Nnursery::::::::::::::::::::::::


・try to Peat Free : Mostly, Peat moss has been not used since mid-90’s except for the plants needed acidity soil to grow. Coir is used instead of Peat.

・As I mentioned, RGBK has original mixing soil recipes.

::::::::::::::::::::::::Highlight of RBGK: Staff and Students:::::::::::::::::::::::

RGBK is big organization. I met lots of people working and learning there which was incentive for me!

・Whole : 600~700 staffs.

・Department of Horticulture : 55 full time gardeners and about 50 students.

・At Tropical nursery 12 full time staffs, 10~12 students and some volunteers.

⇒ Education system of RGBK:

Being Students ; Diploma course,Apprenticeship course both are for 3 years course.    Interns (and volunteers. )

**first day = Monday there is lecture in RBGK which everyone can attend. Hitomi and I joined it and that day, we had a lecture of presentation by one of diploma students having visited to Canary island. the lecture happens every Monday. very good opportunity it was;).



  1. Fumihiko Mori

    I am very happy to know that you still maintain your positive work ethic.
    Please develop and deepen your knowledge about horticulture so that you future goal will be clear. Best wishes . mori

    • Misho(実生)

      Thank you for the comment, Mori san. I’ve been trying to catch up with the things happening to me every moment. We have about 2 months left to the end of program. how is Awaji island now? see you soon.

  2. Douglas Needham

    I am so pleased to read about your varied experiences and learning in the UK. It is fantastic that you get to experience many gardens.

    • Misho(実生)

      hello Doug san, Thank you for reading & writing your comment every time. it is true we can have experience at many variety of gardens!

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