MERL Village Fete

The Museum of English Rural Life held its annual Village Fete  on Saturday 31st May.

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The Herbarium was represented in the form of a tropical food plants display showing some of the plants we grow in our tropical glasshouse. The first challenge was to cram a whole plant stand into a small van.  Things seemed pretty quiet at 7am when I arrived to set up.

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The roll of honour included one of our edible bananas in full fruit, the pink banana, sugar cane, pineapple in fruit, four varieties of sweet potato, scotch bonnet peppers, turmeric, arrowroot, taro, and Grains of Paradise.  Each had an interpretive card to explain the use of the plant and provide some basic facts.  Once the fete opened we soon built up a curious audience.


About Alastair Culham

A professional botanist and biologist with an interest in promoting biological knowledge and awareness to all.
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