Our second open evening was a great success. On Tuesday Dr Mark Watson from the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh came to talk about Botany in Nepal.

During the day I was buzzing with preparations for the evening – where was the projector for the slide show hidden? How to arrange the furniture to accommodate people?… As a pleasant surprise the screen we ordered for future slide shows arrived early and was delivered in the afternoon, so we could use it, rather than Mark having to bring his own.

The talk about Botany was incredibly interesting. Mark started with a general overview of the different climate zones in Nepal, and why there is such diversity in such a small country. He then went on to talk about the joys and difficulties of working as a Botanist in Nepal and the best areas to go trekking for interesting flora, before telling us about the uses of plants in daily life. He also brought some items, like paper, bowls and a drum made from plant materials to see and touch.

After the talk there was time for questions and chat, and some of our guests enjoyed the atmosphere so much that they stayed on for another half hour. Everyone seemed to have a great time, and the reviews we got were excellent. Here’s a few for you to read, maybe they’ll entice you to come to our next open evening?


“Well presented, very relaxed style – good atmosphere, very informative, welcome to stay on and chat which was useful. Tea and biscuits – lovely! Varied topic & subjects. Good hands-on items.”

“Good. Talk was well prepared and very informative. Nice atmosphere.”

“Very enjoyable.”

“Excellent! Thank you – Personally, found it fascinating and pitched at exactly right level.”

“Enjoyable, plenty of information. Thank you!”

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