A unique look at unusual fruit and vegetables!
Laura Ponsonby (Vice-President Haslemere Natural History Society) became fascinated by exotic fruit and vegetables when working at Kew Gardens (and when on trips abroad). From her local London greengrocer she learnt that ‘Queer Gear’ was the name used in Convent Garden market for what he called ‘all that foreign stuff’. In this uplifting talk Laura takes us through a delightful tour of the Market and its ‘Queer Gear’.
Laura has long been associated with The Haslemere Natural History Society and is currently their Vice President. She has been Honorary Botanist to the Haslemere Educational Museum for many years and is responsible for their popular displays of living plants. She worked at Kew Gardens for over 25 year as Education Officer and while there made a special study of the Victorian artist, Marianne North.
There will also be a small display about the Society at the rear of the room, featuring some of the Society’s early Presidents, including Sir Jonathan Hutchinson, Grant Allen, Sir Archibald Geikie and E W Swanton, together with photographs of the Society’s current activities.
This event is at the Haslemere Museum, tickets £4
Saturday 24th February @ 3:00pm & 7:30pm
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