London Freedom Seed Base: a collaborative seed saving data project

 London's seeds: what there is, where they are   Keeping seeds sowing and growing in London   London Freedom Seed Bank (LFSB) is a network of food growers and gardeners dedicated to saving, storing and distributing open-pollinated seed. London Freedom Seed Base (LFSBase) is a data project launched this year by the LFSB that initially …

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Brilliant and Intense: Structural Colour in Marine Algae

  Some conclusions around why the structural colours of seaweeds  are the colours they are and what they mean If you want to know more about all those beautiful colours of seaweeds, look no further     Structural colour is found in red, green and brown seaweeds, yet the phenomenon is largely unexplored. The functional …

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Aromatherapy and Herbs for Wellbeing: Make your own therapeutic products

The South London Botanical Institute 323 Norwood Road, London, England

An afternoon of olfactory learning for your wellbeingA workshop in the SLBI garden exploring aromatherapy and making a variety of products. In the workshop participants will: ● Learn about aromatherapy & herbalism, focusing on key benefits of a range of easy-to-grow / access herbs and some key essential oils ● Learn the basics of aromatherapy …

Lichens and Lichenology

Delighted to be able to re-schedule this event, previous tickets are still valid. What are lichens, and what stories can they tell us Gothamie will describe what lichens are and talk about how they are collected and studied. Gothamie is a Senior Curator of Lichens and Slime Moulds. Her research interests are focused on the …

A Brief Introduction to Nomenclature of Plants, Algae and Fungi

This talk will be an introduction to the history and importance of the naming of plants, algae and fungi. Heather gave us another great talk last March on 'Women in Botany', and in this talk Heather will cover the history of modern plant naming from just before Linnaeus in 1753 to the formation of the …

Sickle Cell Disease – Dispelling its fears and taboos – an online talk

 A talk by a professional nurse and carer who specialised in SCD and now works with plants as well!   Putting you at ease and learning more about this very common disease Earline Hilda Castillo-Binger aka ‘Hilda’ is a retired NHS Nurse from Trinidad & Tobago in West Indies, is now caring for plants! Hilda …

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Poisonous Plants and How to Live with Them – an online talk

Do you know which native and cultivated plants are poisonous? This talk will highlight some of the most deadly, showing how man has used them around the world for good as well as evil: for hunting and pest control, as medicine, in criminal trials, and for murder. In the UK, many poisonous plants are valued …

London’s Changing Flora; climate change or changing habits? – an Online Talk

The causes for the changes in London's plantlife are varied - exploration and the future The wild plants of Greater London are a dynamic community. Over the last 150 years there has been a gradual loss of native and archaeophyte plants. In many areas they have been replaced by communities of more robust survivors and …

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Plants, Farms, Climate and the Biodiversity Crisis – an Online Talk

   How plant diversity and natural habitats can benefit global farming and its food production The world's food supply is under threat from both climate change and the biodiversity crisis. This, in turn, puts farms globally at risk from failed harvests, poor pollination, pest attacks, and new diseases. What part can natural plant areas play …

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