After having been invited to speak to the Peterborough Horticultural Society, last night I had the great pleasure of addressing an eager crowd of about a hundred fellow flora appreciators. I spoke about my favourite places to wander in and around Peterborough and all the wildflowers that flourish in the various habitats across the landscape. I hope that my introduction to local flora and enthusiasm for exploring the outdoors sparks an interest in you and that you are inspired to search out wildflowers in local parks. And I hope that you will all share your findings and experiences with others, that you will in turn inspire them to get outside and stop to see the wildflowers.
There is much to see!
Thank you also to the Peterborough Horticultural Society for inviting me to speak. I have spoken to a number of groups and at conferences over the years, but am not often asked to speak on this topic. While I have an extensive academic background in biology and geography, and have spent countless hours familiarizing myself with the natural landscape, I am not a professional botanist, horticulturalist, or holder of any such title. Often I speak about more specialized topics relating to my formal skills, training or study - things like spatial data analysis or habitat niches - but it is an immense pleasure to speak about my passion. Thank you for inviting me and thank you for your attention, thoughtful questions and kind words to all those in attendance.
News, reflections, notes and other ramblings from the trail by PTBO Flora founder Rachel.