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Chris Kidd January Newsletter 2024

Ventnor Botanic Garden – the New Year’s Day Flower Count 2024  As the last chimes resounded from Big Ben, I downed my last glass of egg nog mixed with port and readied myself for the annual New Year’s Day flower count at Ventnor Botanic Garden.  The count this year,...

November Newsletter – John Curtis

November Newsletter  Kew Symposium on The State of the World’s Plants and Fungi 2023 A Race Against Time Our Director, John Curtis, recently attended the three-day symposium at Kew’s Jodrell Laboratory titled, “The State of the World’s Plants and Fungi.” To...

Chris Kidd October Newsletter

October Newsletter  Strange Fruit October 2023 Below is a branch of a Champion Tree at VBG, Cryptocarya alba. It is the tallest in Britain, and is about the same stature here as those in its Chilean homeland. Its natural habitat is in a type of forest where all the...

September Chris Kidd

September Newsletter  Clerodendron bungei is to be found in severalspots in the garden. It can be quite aggressiveand has a scent that is divisive, some say theflowers are sweet, others that the leaves arenauseous. Introduced by Robert Fortune in1844 as a greenhouse...

August Chris Kidd

Aliens at Ventnor They’ve arrived! The aliens are at Ventnor Botanic Garden! A headline grabber that could announce the extraterrestrial arrival of beings to rewrite our knowledge of the Universe. Or, a headline referring to the plants we refer to as aliens, those...

July Plant Fix

July Plant Fix In the Further East area of VBG the spring planted specimens are establishing despite the very dry conditions. The Ventnor soil is unforgiving in the first year of planting, so we support with water during this period. Amongst the rarer plants are some...