Monthly Archives: October 2011

Small is beautiful….

….micro is even better.  So found the participants at a recent highly succesful Micropropagation Workshop given by Ros Smith of Duchy College in Cornwall.  This method of propagation creates new virus-free plants by using uninfected meristem material and is extremely important … Continue reading

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Don’t judge a book by its cover

Early books were bound on the instructions of the purchaser, hence the potential discrepancy between the contents and what is shown on the binding.  (One could almost imagine covering some fluffy chick-lit with a Jonathan Franzen cover nowadays.) This was … Continue reading

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Oh Brother, where art thou?

Almost half of our supporters renew their subscriptions on the 1st of November which puts a significant load onto our printer as it produces renewal notices for cheque payers and membership cards for those who pay by Direct Debit.  Each quarter, … Continue reading

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Shhh, you know what

Like Marathons and Opal Fruits, Schizostylis coccinea has been renamed.  Now called Hesperantha, the whole nomenclature of this elegant autumn flowering genus is clearly what fascinates Penny and David Ross who hold a National Collection of these plants.  Located in ‘deepest darkest’ … Continue reading

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The English Riviera

October; a good time of year to be walking on the Devon coast, not so good for seeing National Plant Collections at their best.  But when you’ve finished walking for the day, a trip to the Zoo seems a good idea, … Continue reading

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