Posted: 18/03/2016 at 08:45
Such a wonderful evening at the Friends of Bristol Univ. Botanic Garden meeting last night. The president, Jekka McVicar cheerfully and efficiently despatched the business of the AGM in a record 20 minutes and we had an enthralling lecture from Dr. Chris Thorogood on Wildflowers of Western Europe for an hour and a half. You could have heard a pin drop in the packed theatre. Imagine if you will beautiful slides on a huge screen and splendid videos on subjects like the Dodder preying underground on its host plant, bees trying to mate with bee orchids, all accompanied by a superbly lucid explanation from Chris. Bliss! It really is a very long time since I sat without fidgeting for that length of time. We even had a mention of Madeira and tonight at the AGS meeting Dr. George Hargreaves is giving us a talk on the Landscapes of Madeira! Perhaps the winter is not so bad after all when it brings such joys.