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Botanic gardens tour – a resounding success

At 7pm on Friday, June 14th, 14 members of CamAWiSE met at the Brookside Gate of the Cambridge University Botanic Garden for a private evening tour of the grounds. After being welcomed by trained guides Aubrey and Vanessa, the group split into two and spent an hour and a half walking through the botanic garden, learning about the incredible history and diverse collections of plants hosted on the 40 acres of land just south of the city centre. The evening was warm and breezy and given that we were a week away from the summer solstice, the sun was shining bright the entire time (shades were necessary!).

It was a lovely evening and we had the opportunity to learn more about the stream, woodland and rock gardens, the systematic and bee beds, and tour the old pinetum. CamAWiSE member Anne Clarke commented that the private tour was “a wonderful way to experience the garden. Walking through the garden after hours was incredibly atmospheric and it was a lovely way to end the working week.” At the end of the tour, everyone agreed we had been treated to a delightful and informative evening.

The majority of the group then walked or cycled over to the Panton Arms for food, drinks, and the opportunity to catch up or get to know one another. While I always encourage people to attend the professional development and networking events organized by CamAWiSE,I also would like to urge everyone to keep an eye out for events like the botanic garden tour as a means of getting to know other members of CamAWiSE. There is definitely a lot to be said for having time to meet new people and connect through informal discussions and casual conversation.

The tour of the Cambridge University Botanic Garden was a resounding success and all had an excellent time!  We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event!

Erin A. Gontang

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