The fifth international “Fascination of Plants Day” will be launched by plant scientists across the world under the umbrella of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO).
The goal of this activity is to get as many people as possible around the world fascinated by plants and enthused about the importance of plant science for agriculture and sustainable production of nutritious food, as well as for horticulture, forestry and the production of plant-based non-food products such as paper, timber, chemicals, energy and pharmaceuticals. The role of plants in environmental conservation is also a key message.
Plant Power in Dundee is an annual free event held at the Botanic Gardens to celebrate Fascination of Plants Day. This event is a combined effort of the Dundee Botanic Garden, Plant Sciences University of Dundee, and the James Hutton Institute. This year’s event will feature craft activities, facepainting, science workshops from researchers at the University of Dundee and James Hutton Institute, birds of prey, beekeepers, a plant sale from the Friends of the Botanic Garden and much more.
Celebrating the wonder of plants within Cambridge University’s 40 acre Botanic Garden. Festival of Plants includes Pop-up Plant Science marquee, Plant Fair, Garden Tours, Talking Plants tent, Ask the Gardener, family activities, live music, food trucks.
Normal Garden Admission applies
Following from our first successful “Why are plants smelly?” event for British Science Week (10th March 2019) “Why are plants smelly 2” is our primary schools outreach event for the International Fascination of Plants Day. We invite primary schools’ science groups to the University of Reading campus to join scientists from the School of Biological Sciences and the school of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Sciences to ask: “Why is it that some plants smell so nice and sweet while others are really quite grossly stinky?!” There will be a range of activities both in the laboratory and outside on the University of Reading’s prize-winning green campus. School groups will examine the different ways in which plants try to attract other organisms (e.g. pollinating bees and hoverflies) while doing their best to repel others such as insect herbivores intent on eating them! We guarantee you will leave looking at plants in a totally new way!
How essential are plants to you? Probably more than you ever realised! Meet some of the world’s rarest plants and raid our food fridge to find something you’d like to plant and grow. Drop-in anytime between 12 and 4pm, try our challenges and have a go at our make-and-take activities. Find out more about science behind-the-scenes by chatting with our researchers.
Activities for the whole family brought to you by the University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum and Department of Plant Sciences.