Plaudits and a rare bloom for Botanic Garden
28 October 2009
The University’s Botanic Garden has been deemed ‘a significant element in the city’s success’ in the South West Britain in Bloom 2009 competition - just as a rare, hard-to-germinate plant comes into flower.
Professor Simon Hiscock, Director of the Botanic Garden, said: ‘I am delighted that once again judges for Britain in Bloom have recognized the Botanic Garden in their honours list for the South West.'
Further flourishing is in evidence at the Garden, with the flowering of Amborella trichopoda, the most primitive flowering plant in the world. Professor Hiscock collected the Amborella seed in 2007 when he visited New Caledonia, an island in the southwest Pacific; the Garden’s Deputy Curator, Penny Harms, was responsible for their germination – a process that takes up to six months.
The Botanic Garden is the only garden in Britain to have Amborella trichopoda, and one of just a handful worldwide to have grown it from seed to flowering.