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The fat fists of silvery lilac buds on Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postill' have opened up to release an intense, sugary scent at the mouth of the Winter Garden.
The fat fists of silvery lilac buds on Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postill' have opened up to release an intense, sugary scent at the mouth of the Winter Garden.
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Bite-size science in the Talking Plants Tent

Stand up science is back, with a range of talks on collections and research. No need to book, just bring your sandwiches and settle in to some bite-size science sessions.
12 noon: Malaria - the most dangerous plant in the world, from Professor Chris Howe, Department of Biochemistry, Cambridge University

12.20pm: Artemisin - from Chinese herbal medicine to anti-malarial blockbuster drug, from Dr Gwenda Kyd, Science Writer and Editor

12.40pm: The shape that feeds us - how the shape of grass leaves is important to their success, from Devin O’Connor, Post Doctoral Research Assistant, Sainsbury Laboratory

13.30pm: Yucca from the National Collection holder of this spiky southern hemisphere genus, Colin Smith

13.50pm: Crocus from the National Collection holder of these beautiful spring flowers, Dr Roger Holland

14.10pm: Hyacinths from the National Collection holder, Alan Shipp, who cultivates fields and fields of these gorgeous, rich scented bulbs.

14.30pm: Tulips The Garden's Head of Horticulture, Sally Petitt, sprints through the history of Tulipmania and the basis of our National Collection of species tulips.

14.50pm: The How and Why of Flower Colour, from Professor Beverley Glover, Director of the Botanic Garden

15.10pm: The extraordinary colour of beetroot - how and why? from Dr Sam Brockington, Molecular Systematics and Evolution, Cambridge University Department of Plant Sciences.

All talks are ‘drop-in’, no booking required, and last approximately 15 minutes.

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