Saturday Seminar, Lynsey Poore – Paris in the Springtime

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Tutor/Facilitator Lynsey Poore

Date: on/from Sat 18 May 2019 to end year
Frequency: one off event
Class time: 2:30-4:00

Mary Kehoe Centre, Hall

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The songs and clichés about Paris in the springtime are all true. The trees and flowers burst out of their winter dormancy, the chestnut groves blossom and the city parks and gardens burst into flower.

Early March sees a profusion of crocuses, daffodils, primroses and hyacinths. Then, as April approaches, the magnolias bloom, tulips flourish, cherry trees dazzle, azaleas blaze with colour and peonies show off with their plate-sized flowers.

Lynsey visited Paris gardens at this exciting time and so will explore gardens that displayed these flowers – from traditional gardens in the French style such as Parc de Sceaux, to romantic gardens such as the Albert Kahn Garden, to botanic gardens such as the Parc de Bagatelle, and to modern and surprising ones such as the Promenade Plantée.

Lynsey 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. She was born in New Zealand and trained to be a secondary teacher after graduating with a science degree from the University of Canterbury. Her career has involved science teaching, demonstrating biology at Monash University and in latter years a career as a laboratory manager. In her retirement, being the President of the South Melbourne Garden Club and a guide at the Royal Botanic Gardens occupy 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 now is one of the two vice-presidents. 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 travel to a wide range of audiences in Melbourne.

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