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This stunning Indian bean tree is finally in flower at the heart of the Rock Garden.
This stunning Indian bean tree is finally in flower at the heart of the Rock Garden.
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Bite-size science in the Talking Plants

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 THE GENETIC ABCs OF FLOWER DEVELOPMENT Devin O’ Connor of the Sainsbury Laboratory discusses how flowers know to grow.

12.20pm CROCUSES with Dr Roger Holland, horticultural scientist. Dr Holland is the former chairman of the E A Bowles of Myddelton House Society. He built up a Plant Heritage National Collection of Crocuses for the Society over a period of ten years. In 2014 it was transferred from his garden near Cambridge to E A Bowles' former garden at Myddelton House in Enfield.

12.40pm HOW FLOWERS PLAY WITH THE LIGHT with Garden Director, Professor Beverley Glover, who'll be looking at the how and why of flower colour
1.10pm HYACINTHS with Alan Shipp, Plant Heritage National Collection Holder of Hyacinthus orientalis, the largest hyacinth collection in the world!

1.30pm YUCCA with Colin Smith, Plant Heritage National Collection holder of [I]Yucca[/I]

1.50pm SCOPOLAMINE – A PLANT DERIVED CHEMICAL VILLAIN? with Science Writer and Editor, Dr Gwenda Kyd

2.10pm PLANT GENETICS with Dr Ian Henderson from the Department of Plant Sciences

2.30pm MANGROVES with Dr Ruth Reef from the Department of Geography who'll be looking at the unique physiology of mangrove swamps

2.50pm THE MECHANICS OF PLANT CELL GROWTH with Dr Firas Bou Daher from the Sainsbury Laboratory

3.10pm P2P – PLANT TO POWER with Professor Chris Howe one of the team based at the Department of Biochemistry who has developed the prototype bus shelter on display at the Garden which combines different technologies to generate green power, including harnessing current from plant root interactions in the soil! Find out more!

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

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