Saturday Seminar – A Famous Sri Lankan Garden

Tutor/Facilitator Lynsey Poore

Date: on/from Sat 16 Mar 2024 to Sat 16 Mar 2024
Frequency: Single Event
Class time: 2:30-3:30

Delivered ZOOM

Other information

To watch the seminar click here on the day at 2:20pm for a 2:30 start.

Presenter: Lynsey Poore
Facilitator: Marie Banic

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Peradeniya, are close to Kandy in the central province of Sri Lanka. The area is small at 147 acres and at 460 m above sea-level with rain for approximately 200 days in the year. In The Guardian (2018) it was listed as one of the ten great botanical gardens of the world. There are more than 4000 species of plants and the gardens are renowned for their collections of orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees. Apart from the colourful flowering trees there are avenues of palms such as the Double Coconut Avenue and the Royal Palm Avenue. Many significant  trees were planted by royalty – one example is the  Cannonball Tree planted by King George V and Queen Mary in 1901.

Originally created as a royal garden in the 14th Century, in 1843 it was formally established with plants brought from Kew Gardens London and other places. In 1912 the Sri Lankan Department of Agriculture took control.

During World War II the garden was used by Lord Louis Mountbatten as the headquarters of the South East Asia Command.

Lynsey Poore is a volunteer guide at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne Gardens, where she enjoys ‘botanising’ and showing visitors our heritage. Gardening and botany are her passions.. Her career has involved science teaching, demonstrating biology at Monash University  and in later years a career as a laboratory manager. In her retirement being a guide at the Royal Botanic Gardens occupies much of her time. She also volunteers at the Growing Friends and in the Herbarium. In 2016 she was elected to the Council of the Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens and  is now the President. For the e news of the Friends she regularly writes about the flora of various areas in the gardens.  She has travelled to many exciting places throughout the world taking a special interest in botanic gardens and the native flora. Lynsey is a frequent speaker on gardens and travels to a wide range of audiences in Melbourne.

Marie Banic is a long-time member of U3A Port Phillip and is also a guide at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria.

To view the brilliant flyer by Margaret Byron, click here.

This seminar is open to all U3A Port Phillip members and subscribers and to the general public.

As there are limited numbers, please book in below.

This is an online live seminar, presented as a webinar on Zoom.

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