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The Fox Got You exhibition

014The Fox Got You, an exhibition by the photography artist François Sergy, can be seen at the South London Botanical Institute – – until 28 November, during Institute opening hours, or by appointment.  This is the exhibition’s first London showing.   There are opportunities to meet the artist on Thursday 19th, between 6.30 and 8.00 p.m., and Saturday 28th, between 2.00 and 5.00 p.m.  Admission free.

The installation features plants, including goat’s rue (Galega officinalis), yew (Taxus baccata) and meadow saffron (Colchicum autumnale), which are at the origin of five major medicinal drugs.  It brings together  plants, researchers, clinicians, manufacturers and patients.

The Institute, founded in 1910 by Allan Octavian Hume (also a founder of the Indian National Congress), is housed in a Victorian villa a few minutes walk north of Tulse Hill station.  Guests are also welcome to visit its Library, Herbarium (collection of dried plants, many of which date back to the late nineteenth century), and, light permitting, London’s most compact botanical garden with its recently labelled Moss Trail.

Addendum, 15 June 2016:  The exhibition now has a website:  http://www;

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