Thursday, 22 April 2010

Visit to Kew’s Economic Botany Collection 29th of January 2010

The morning was spent wandering around the beautiful gardens, glasshouses and current exhibitions at Kew, followed by an afternoon tour of Kew’s Economic Botany Collection lead by Dr Mark Nesbitt . Kew holds an incredible archive of plant fibres, plant dyes and beautiful examples of garments and textile artefacts made from various plant fibres from all around the world. This incredible collection, supported by Dr Nesbitt’s animated enthusiasm and in-depth knowledge of each specimen, made for a fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.

Inside the archive, and looking at a jar of Idigo plant dye.

The archive is open to researchers and groups by appointment , if you do get the opportunity to go, we would highly recommend it!


  1. Nice post! Can't wait to check Kew out myself!
    I'm an eco designer and looking into indigo dying here in Indonesia where they grow it. I was wondering if they had anything on extinct plants? Can't find much info on the internet...
    Thanks :)

  2. Hello, My name's Claire and I work for Kew's Digital Media Team. I was wondering if it would be okay to use your picture of Mark Nesbitt on Kew's website?

    If you're happy for us to use it can you send me an email to confirm



  3. Nice pictures and also a nice blog. I like it. Keep it up.

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