On This Weeks Show (Number 198 – Yikes It’s getting very close to the big 200!):
Brian Greene goes on a bus-man’s holiday to Kew Gardens where he speaks to Nick Johnson, Manager of the Princess of Wales Conservatory at Kew. Nick describes working in a horticulturalist’s dream job along with 700 other professionals. There’s a wealth of really interesting facts to be heard in this interview, including how insects see light and colours, how plants are pollinated in Kew Gardens and much, much more. How are plants named, why use Latin, and how cataloguing is extremely important to keeping up with Botanists? You’ll want to tune in.
Kew is home to a lot of conservation plants – there are more than 1,000 critically endangered species, never mind “extinct in the wild” species to be found behind the scenes. How on earth did the old London Bridge make its way to Kew Gardens? That question went unanswered, we’ll have to visit ourselves to find out!
If Brian says it’s good, then we think that’s persuasion enough.
Image Credits: Vanessa Greene AKA @DalekMad
- Kew Gardens Official Website
- More information on that beautiful Orchid Exhibition.
- Kew Gardens On Twitter: @KewGardens
- Irish Botanic Gardens
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