Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

Thanks everyone!

002Thank you to the 33,300+ people who have signed the petition , to protect the Wildlife Garden at the Natural History Museum in London.  It is uplifting to know that so many people appreciate this ‘ark’ and want to preserve it.

Two comments which have been made deserve response:

Many people have stated that the Garden is irreplaceable.  While it is true that the Garden could not be replaced in its present form, wildlife gardens can be created, and one of the reasons why the Museum’s Garden should be preserved is that it shows what can be created in an area which was formerly sterile lawn, scattered with rather ordinary and not wildlife-friendly trees and shrubs.

005It has been stated that many of the insect species recorded from the Garden did not originate, or spend their entire life cycles, in it, but had come in from the Royal Parks.  This observation does not diminish the Garden’s importance, but demonstrates its importance as an island linking Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park to the north with the Chelsea Physic Garden and Battersea Park to the south.

Images:  upper, lowland heath area; lower,  bedstraw, Galium x pomeranicum,  a spontaneous hybrid between hedge bedstraw, G. album, and lady’s bedstraw, G. verum.  It is thought that this is the only place where this hybrid occurs in the London area.  Although unspectacular at this time of year, the plant produces masses of attractive creamy-white flowers throughout the summer.  Both photographed in the Wildlife Garden, October 2015.

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