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March

*The Sweet Potato – A Talk

24th March, 19:00 - 21:00
The South London Botanical Institute, 323 Norwood Road
London,EnglandSE24 9AQUnited Kingdom
*The Sweet Potato – A Talk

Please note this event has been postponed to later in the year, all current tickets holders will be valid for the re-scheduled date. Sweet potato is among the most consumed crops worldwide and a staple in many developing countries. This crop of American origin is now cultivated in all tropical and subtropical regions of the Globe for its edible storage roots, which are able to grow in poor dry soils with minimum labour. In the first part of this talk,…

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April

*Chocolate – Talk and Tastings

2nd April, 19:00 - 21:00
The South London Botanical Institute, 323 Norwood Road
London,EnglandSE24 9AQUnited Kingdom
*Chocolate – Talk and Tastings

Please note this event has been postponed to later in the year due to current Covid-19 restrictions, all current tickets holders will be valid for the re-scheduled date. Find out lots more about the cocoa bean That dark, pleasantly bitter, chemically complex substance we know of as chocolate, bears little resemblance to the pulp surrounded seeds of the cocoa plant from which it is produced. Join Vilma Bharatan to explore the history, its botany and processes involved in its transformation…

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Introduction to Plant Morphology

5th April, 10:00 - 14:00
The South London Botanical Institute, 323 Norwood Road
London,EnglandSE24 9AQUnited Kingdom
Introduction to Plant Morphology

Flowering Plant Anatomy Please note this event has been postponed to later in the year due to Covid-19 restrictions, all current tickets will be valid for the re-scheduled date. When trying to identify plants using keys, are you confused by botanical terms and can’t quite understand what terms like ligule, phyllary or stipule mean? Worse still, you can’t even find them on your specimen! You will use hand lenses to examine ‘simple’ flowers such as buttercups right through to the…

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How to Use Plant Identification Keys

26th April, 10:00 - 14:00
The South London Botanical Institute, 323 Norwood Road
London,EnglandSE24 9AQUnited Kingdom
How to Use Plant Identification Keys

Please note this event has been postponed to later in the year due to Covid-19 restrictions, all current ticket holders will be valid for the re-scheduled date.   Picture guides are really useful, when identifying wild plants, however, to get the most out of botanising, learning how to use keys is an essential tool. This course will take the fear out of ‘keying out’. You will be introduced to a range of different keys and their strengths and weaknesses will…

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Cannabidiol: Evidence for its medical uses and current controversies

28th April, 19:00 - 21:00
The South London Botanical Institute, The South London Botanical Institute323 Norwood RoadSE24 9AQGB + Google Map
Cannabidiol: Evidence for its medical uses and current controversies

Please note this has been postponed due to the current Covid-19 precautions, we hope to re-schedule later in the year, all current tickets can be transferred.   Although the application of medical cannabinoid drugs is controversial, it is a part of modern-day medicine. The list of diseases in which cannabinoids are promoted as a treatment is constantly expanding. Cases of significant improvement in patients have been described as anecdotal at best. In this talk, Chandni will outline the current evidence…

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May

Identifying Wild Plants – 1-6 courses

3rd May, 10:00 - 16:00
The South London Botanical Institute, 323 Norwood Road
London,EnglandSE24 9AQUnited Kingdom
Identifying Wild Plants – 1-6 courses

Introduction and Identification of Common Wild Plant families Please note this event has been postponed to later in the year due to Covid-19 restrictions, all current ticket holders will be valid for the re-scheduled date. One of six sessions, each of which will focus on 3-4 common wild plant families. You will be introduced to each family and their main vegetative and floral characteristics and then practice identification skills, using keys, and examine the plants in the field. This session…

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Herbal Medicines – A talk

11th May, 19:00 - 20:00
Free
Herbal Medicines – A talk

Using common plants as herbal medicines Catherine will be talking about the herbs she has presently growing in her garden: Hawthorn, Elder, Milk Thistle, Marshmallow, Sage, Yarrow and if time allows Marigold or St Johns Wort. She regularly volunteers at the SLBI and is also a qualified medical herbalist.Catherine Cowling, BSC Herbal MedicineMember of National Institute of Medical HerbalistsThis talk will be held on Zoom which you will be given a link to when you register, and you will need…

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Exploring the Byways in Search of Plant Folklore

14th May, 19:00 - 19:30
Free
Exploring the Byways in Search of Plant Folklore

Describing both the folklore & traditional uses of British and Irish plants and their importance Roy has been studying plant-lore since the 80's and collecting their traditional uses and folklore. Today's talk will centre on those plants we can find when walking nearby and the fascinating facts and stories that these engender. Roy's book Vickery's Folk Flora was published last year. Roy Vickery, www.plant-lore.com

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Identifying Wild Plants 2

17th May, 10:00 - 16:00
The South London Botanical Institute, 323 Norwood Road
London,EnglandSE24 9AQUnited Kingdom
Identifying Wild Plants 2

Identification skills and practice Please note this event has been postponed to later in the year due to Covid-19 restrictions, all current ticket holders will be valid for the re-scheduled date. One of six sessions, each of which will focus on 3-4 common wild plant families. You will be introduced to each family and their main vegetative and floral characteristics and then practice identification skills, using keys, and examine the plants in the field. This session will be on the…

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Bat Night

28th May, 19:00 - 20:00
Free
Bat Night

Find out more about these flying mammals of over 1000 species and why they enjoy a great night out. Iain will be giving a talk using both images as well as bat sounds, together with other sounds of the night you may also hear. There are so many bats that live in our cities’ parks, gardens and open spaces, and this is a perfect opportunity to find out many fascinating details of these creatures. Dr Iain Boulton is due to…

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