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Fascination of Plants Day: celebrate the power of plants

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30 April 2022, UK: From one little seed planted in soil, many things can arise: our food, feed, paper, medicines, chemicals, energy and an enjoyable landscape – pretty much everything we need to survive on this planet.

On Wednesday 18th May, join scientific institutions, universities, botanical gardens, museums, schools, farmers and businesses all around the world and take part in Fascination of Plants Day. The event seeks to plant virtual ‘seeds’ in our minds to highlight the critical role of plants in our everyday lives.

 Dr Tim George, a plant scientist at the James Hutton Institute and UK coordinator of the event, says everyone is invited to celebrate the importance of plants.

“The Fascination of Plants Day covers all plant related topics including basic plant science, agriculture, horticulture, gardening, forestry, plant breeding, plant protection, food, nutrition, environmental conservation, climate change mitigation, smart bioproducts, biodiversity, sustainability, renewable resources, plant science education and art.

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“Partners will offer a variety of plant-based interactive events and activities for all, from toddlers to grandparents. Visit for an updated list of events and locations.”

In Scotland, the James Hutton Institute will contribute to Plant Power Day 2022 on Saturday 14th May (11 am to 4 pm) at the University of Dundee Botanic Gardens. The Institute will also take part in an event in Aberdeen with Robert Gordon University, the University of Aberdeen, SRUC and Aberdeen City Council at Duthie Park. There will also be activities in Edinburgh, run by Edinburgh University and Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh.

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