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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!



Monday, 3 June 2013

Wakehurst Place (2)

Wakehurst Place is home to the Kew Millennium seed bank. It is the largest plant conservation project in the world focussing on plant life that is most at risk from climate change or extinction or the impact of  human activities. At the moment there is 10% of the world's wild plants in the collection but the aim is to collect and bank 25% by 2020.
 
Around the seed bank are these larger than life willow sculptures by Tom Hare. The designs have been inspired by the plants grown in the seed bank's production beds. 



You can go inside one of the seed bank buildings where you can see a film showing how the seeds are collected and preserved. You can also watch the scientists at work. When I was there they were cleaning a collection of seeds from the Faulkland Islands.

Here are a few more shots of flowers from the gardens at Wakehurst.






 










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31 comments:

  1. Great tour. These seed banks are incredibly important.Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  2. Preserving seeds in a bank … what could be more worthwhile and encouraging in an uncertain future. And the sculptures could not be more appropriate and inspired!

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  3. Beautiful post and I love the sculptures and the flowers!
    Warm greetings from Holland,
    Anna

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  4. What a wonderful place! So interesting. I love all of those fabulous sculptures.

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  5. Such a beautiful place! I have never seen a seed bank...!

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  6. Those sculptures are perfect for that place. They are doing such an important job collecting seeds to save them. Great photos.

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  7. Only vaguely heard about seed banks before - love the sculptures

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  8. Well you really had a good day there.

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  9. What a lovely place to explore. I am glad to hear the seeds are being saved. The flowers are gorgeous and the sculptures are pretty. Great post and photos.

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  10. Terrific shots, I love the giant maple key statue!

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  11. Wonderful shots of the place. Nice to see such an unique place.

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  12. How neat --to have a seed bank.. Bet they learn alot about some of the plants which are at risk. Those wood sculptures are gorgeous --and I loved seeing the garden. Beautiful.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  13. These are beautiful! I love them. Thanks for playing!

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  14. The flowers are so beautiful and I love the sculpture too.

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  15. I'm glad to hear that such seed conservation is being doe. The gardens are beautiful!

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  16. Wow, such a wonderful place to be at...

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  17. What a lovely place. I adore that first shot - such fun!

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  18. Wow ! that's just amazing !

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  19. wow, I love this. I would very much like to walk around to see all of it. :)

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  20. It has amazing plants and flowers, beauttiful pictures.

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  21. If I had money to give away I would give it to seed banks like this - our kids kids will need them!

    I was a bit down in the mouth about being 50 - but once you get there it does not seem to matter!

    Stewart M - Melbourne

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  22. What lovely gardens the seed bank is located in. Yes, most definitely generations after ours will need access to seed banks. I just hope that not everything will be either genetically modified or be bred for effect not use.
    Love this post.

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  23. One really neat place. Thanks for sharing

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  24. Oh that was a great tour. I sort of knew there were such things as seed banks, but never thought about where they were or exactly how they worked. I love knowing it is there. And now understanding a little bit about how it works. What a great bonus to have those beautiful gardens as well.

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  25. Hi! The seed bank is very cool. THe bank is located in very beautiful area. Your shots are fabulious. Thank you for sharing.

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  26. The seed bank is a fabulous idea! Good thing a few people are looking into the future and noticing what we do NOW really does impact tomorrow. LOVE the sculptures!

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  27. This would be a fascinating place to visit - one might need several days!

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