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Before his marriage to Margaret, and the construction of their family home, Winterbourne’s John Nettlefold cut his teeth in the family firm which eventually became Guest, Keen and Nettlefolds (GKN), one of the largest manufacturing companies of its time, first forged in the heat of the industrial revolution. John began work in the firm’s Broad … More Powered by Plants

Old Lions

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew are a magnet for all those with an interest in the botanical. Since its inception in the 18th century Kew has grown from a small ‘physick garden’ to a horticultural oddessy filled with scientific collections, herbaria and stunning garden architecture. Kew and its partners now hold conserved seed from 10% … More Old Lions

Stranger Than Fiction

The plant kingdom is not generally considered a threatening presence; its members are a passive breed, the source of so much romantic imagery and literature. But one particular group has consistently inspired terror and revulsion and entered into the public consciousness like no other. The ‘murderous propensity’ of plants was first noted in the 2nd … More Stranger Than Fiction