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REMINDER: Brompton Cemetery walk, 22 April

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Roy Vickery will be leading a Plant Walk in Brompton Cemetery, Earls Court, London, on Saturday 22 April, starting at the Chapel in the middle of the cemetery, at 2.30 p.m.

For further details see the Events page on this website.

Report:  Seven people turned up to enjoy a sunny hour looking at, and discussing, some of the cemetery’s plants.  Amongst these were thale cress (Arabidopsis thaliana), which having a short life-cycle is used in genetic research, and green alkanet (Pentaglottis sempervirens), native to southwest Europe, introduced to the British Isles as a dye-plant, and now rapidly spreading.  Despite its name it produces a red dye; the ‘green’ in the English name being a contraction of its earlier name, evergreen alkanet.  Several participants contributed memories to P-LA.  Thank you.

Field horsetail (Equisetum arvense), photographed in the cemetery, April 2017.

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