Live Talk: John Parker

Prof. John Parker will show stunning examples of Fynbos flowers in his talk following the CGT AGM

Saturday 6 November 2021 12:00 noon – 1:00pm (approx.)
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Title Botanic Gardens of the Western Cape.

Abstract The flowering world is divided into six distinct areas – the Floral Kingdoms. The Cape Floral Kingdom of South Africa is tiny. Here, 9,000 species, mostly endemic, are crowded into an area slightly larger than Scotland, displaying the richest flower show on earth. Habitats in the Cape range from snow-capped peaks to arid plains, with huge families like Asteraceae (‘daisies’) and Aizoaceae (‘succulents’). Incredibly, the genus Erica has exploded into 625 species, startling in red, yellow, pink and white. Four botanic gardens in distinct habitats were founded last century to represent their own superb and remarkable diversity. The first was Kirstenbosch on the slopes of Table Mountain, perhaps the most beautiful of the world’s botanic gardens. Our trip will visit all four.

Our Speaker Prof. John Parker studied botany at Oxford and, following a Readership at Queen Mary College London and a spell heading the Reading University Botany Department, was Director of CU Botanic Garden from 1996 to 2010. At Cambridge, John was also Curator of the University Herbarium and Professor of Plant Cytogenetics, with research interests in evolutionary genetics. A Fellow of Clare Hall, he established the Genetics Garden in 1998 and oversaw the planning of the Sainsbury Laboratory which was officially opened in 2011. John is a long-standing member of CGT and, indeed, a patron, so we are delighted to welcome him back.

Location Fen Drayton Village Hall, Cootes Lane, Fen Drayton CB24 4SL.

This live talk is open to members of Cambridgeshire Gardens Trust and guests. It will follow the CGT AGM which starts at 11:30am. A buffet lunch will be available after the talk. Attendance at the AGM is free but if you wish to stay for the talk and lunch, there is a charge of £10 for members and guests. So that we know numbers for catering, please email admin by 1 November and either pay £10/head by BACS (Cambridgeshire County Garden Trust; sort code 20-29-68, account number 30347639) using your name as reference, or by cash/cheque on the day.

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