Caroline Cartwright, Senior Scientist at the British Museum gives a talk in the South Africa Landscape.
I’ve just given a lunchtime talk in the South Africa Landscape “Caves, people and plants: recent scientific discoveries” to an enthusiastic crowd of people. After a few nervous glances at the sky - in case we were about to be deluged - I tried to paint a picture of life in caves in the south-western Cape around 60,000 years ago. Life wasn’t that bad then – living off crayfish and eland steaks (if you were lucky in fishing and hunting)!
Image copyright of Caroline Cartwright: restios growing in the fynbos in the Cape
Many of the audience had visited South Africa, particularly Cape Town, the Garden Route and the Kruger National Park. Everyone seemed thrilled to see the proteas – thank goodness you found them, Steve and Richard. There were questions about restios growing in the wild and I was able to show a good example in this image.
My next talk on plants in the South Africa Landscape will be on Tuesday 24 August when I will concentrate on the amazing fynbos vegetation which is so typical of the Cape.
- Caroline -
About Steve, Tony and Richard
Steve Ruddy is Manager of the Garden Development Unit, and is responsible for concept design, planning and delivery of a diverse range of projects, services and activities at Kew.
Tony Hall is responsible for Kew’s Arboretum, managing the globally important plant collections and heritage landscape. Expert in all aspects of plant growth and care, Tony manages the Arboretum Nursery ensuring the collections are safe guarded for the future. You can find out more about his work by following the Arboretum team blog.
Richard Wilford is the Collections Manager in the Hardy Display Section at Kew. His responsibilities include both nursery collections and collections on public display such as the Alpine plants, Grass Garden, Woodland and Rock Garden, and Order Beds at Kew. Richard also frequently contributes to the Alpine and Rock Garden team blog.
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