EPS meet at Kew Gardens

Posted: 23 May 2011

Saturday 21st May saw a group of members from across the UK (no visitors from over the water this year!!) meet for our tour of Kew and a day chatting about plants.

David Cooke who manages the Temperate House met us again and kindly allowed us to take a refreshment break in the staff area under the house. We were all shocked to learn of the injuries he sustained in taking down a Caryota last year in the Palm House and wish him well on his road to recovery.

Some good news is that the Temperate House is closer to securing funding for its overdue restoration and David is continuing to prepare plants in readiness for that taking place. A massive job, trenching and lifting huge plants and pruning many to get them ready for digging up and potting whilst the house is cleared.

We were fortunate with the weather this year too, the customary rain that seems to arrive at lunchtime didn't this year and we had sun all day. The warm spring had brought many plants on and even the big waterlilies had a number of large leaves, most years they are still quite small at this time of year.

It was good to see a number of new palms in the glasshouses and in the Palm House a good number of new cycads were on display, many very rarely seen species.

All in all I think we had a great day of plant conversation and plant swaps. Thanks to everyone who came for making it such a super day!

Group shot outside the Temperate House
Group shot outside the Temperate House

Admiring the Jubaea
Admiring the Jubaea

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