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Have you been to Kew Gardens? It's a brilliant place to spend a day.The carniverous plant collection and the Giant Amazonian Waterlillies were always my favourite exhibits, but I haven't been for years.Queen Charlotte's house in the grounds has just had a multi million pound renovation with great attention to Georgian detail so I think I might take my daughters over there when they get back from their vacation.
Not yet, though that is the hadj for me, ie one of the seven pillars of Botany. My brother-in-law, who publsihes quite a bit in the academic botany literature, wont shut-up about their herbarium. I don't think he's seen a 3-d plant in decades.

One of my first cousins lives in the vicinity of the garden. He's been after me for DECADES to come visit. Now that he's retired, Mrs B and I are seriously thinking about a visit next summer. Then we'll take a trip to Scotland and visit some friends up there and fullfill another dream of mine--a distillery tour! Nelson went in a barrel of rum, put me away in a barrel of scotch!

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PS You're probably talking about the Victoria waterlily, massive with turned-up edges forming a large flat serving tray. I've seen the amazonian waterlilies in of all places, the Amazon. I know, kind of snotty. If owned a Maybach I'd look down my nose at you plebians in your cute little Mercedes.
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Not yet, though that is the hadj for me, ie one of the seven pillars of Botany. My brother-in-law, who publsihes quite a bit in the academic botany literature, wont shut-up about their herbarium. I don't think he's seen a 3-d plant in decades.

One of my first cousins lives in the vicinity of the garden. He's been after me for DECADES to come visit. Now that he's retired, Mrs B and I are seriously thinking about a visit next summer. Then we'll take a trip to Scotland and visit some friends up there and fullfill another dream of mine--a distillery tour! Nelson went in a barrel of rum, put me away in a barrel of scotch!

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PS You're probably talking about the Victoria waterlily, massive with turned-up edges forming a large flat serving tray. I've seen the amazonian waterlilies in of all places, the Amazon. I know, kind of snotty. If owned a Maybach I'd look down my nose at you plebians in your cute little Mercedes.
Yep-I was referring to the Victoria Waterlily.When Iwas a kid in shorts it blew my mind! It was the structure of the veins on the underside of the pads that was the inspiration for the design of the Crystal Palace, which itself was considered to be the world's first pre-fabricated building-How about that?

Loads of my friends have done the Whisky tour.They all say it's a lot of fun, if you have a designated driver and if you don't mind being engulfed by midges and mosquitos.Unfortunately, I despise flying, biting insects so I have given it a miss so far!
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Yep-I was referring to the Victoria Waterlily.When Iwas a kid in shorts it blew my mind! It was the structure of the veins on the underside of the pads that was the inspiration for the design of the Crystal Palace, which itself was considered to be the world's first pre-fabricated building-How about that?

Loads of my friends have done the Whisky tour.They all say it's a lot of fun, if you have a designated driver and if you don't mind being engulfed by midges and mosquitos.Unfortunately, I despise flying, biting insects so I have given it a miss so far!
Do you remember the old Johnny Wiesmuller "Tarzan" movies? There was one in which he (or Jane? or Boy?) floated down a river on a Victoria waterlily. That is a botanical "stop the movie!" moment. It's like watching a Hollywood WWII movie and and seeing Germans hiding in Manzanita or coast live oak. Or a booming explosion in a space flick or....

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Bot- And you thought Kew was a stuffy academic institution!!


4/9/06 BBC 2 -7.30pm A Year at Kew
Mycologist Alec Henrici searches the most remote corners of the grounds for magical mushrooms, while the tree gang hit the road to save the gardens' oldest tree under the supervision of Tony Kirkham. Narrated by Alan Titchmarsh.
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They only flower after thirty-odd years, they are about six feet tall and smell strongly of rotting meat........hmmmm.
Alan Titchmarsh is never six foot tall .
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Don't you just hate that smarmy, squint-eyed, patronising arse-wipe? I'd like to see him get planted six feet under.
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Yeah Tossbag ... but he bang out some phat wicked beats lol
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