In his book, An Ear to the Ground, Dr Ken Thompson urges that we should all regard our own back gardens as ‘a large unplanned and slightly out of control scientific experiment’. The Talking Plants Tent will be exploring exactly that: this is where to bring all your gardening dilemmas and thorny pest and disease issues to drop-in ‘ask the gardener’ sessions and find out how science underpins the way your garden grows.
Morning and afternoon, drop in to our 'ask the gardener panel' of horticultural staff to chat about anything from design advice to home composting to 'what's eating my new salads?'!
Over lunchtime, bring your sandwiches to the bite-size science sessions:
12.20pm The How and Why of Flower Colour with Dr Beverley Glover, Department of Plant Sciences
12.40pm What’s in a Name? with Dr Tim Upson, Curator and Acting Director of the Botanic Garden
1pm Greening the Planet with Dr Sam Brockington from the Department of Plant Sciences
1.20pm Branching Out with Professor Ottoline Leyser, Director of the Sainsbury Laboratory
1.40pm From Herb to Medicine with Dr Gwenda Kydd from the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre.