UK to celebrate fascination of plants

Botanic gardens, research labs, schools, museums and farms will open their doors to the public for plant science activities on 18 May for the third annual Fascination of Plants day.

Fascinating plants.    Image: Supplied
Fascinating plants. Image: Supplied
Events held across England, Scotland and Wales will celebrate the essential role that plants play in our lives, from an interactive talk on carnivorous plants at London’s Natural History Museum to the chance to extract DNA from strawberries in Dyffryn Gardens.

The event was launched by the European Plant Science Organisation in 2012 to encourage people around the world to celebrate the importance of plants in our lives and landscapes. It is coordinated in the UK by the UK Plant Sciences Federation, a special interest group of the Society of Biology.

Dr Mimi Tanimoto, the federation’s executive officer, said: "We want to share the amazing world of plants with a wider audience, and engage in discussions about how plant sciences are helping to address global challenges - from food security to protecting biodiversity.

"We hope that Fascination of Plants Day will inspire this and the next generation to appreciate the importance of plants and to understand the relationship between the world of diverse plant life and a healthy population."

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