Meeting and Lecture
Tuesday 5 July at 5.30 for 6pm start on Zoom
As advised in the May newsletter, the AGM and lecture will be held as a virtual video meeting via Zoom. All members are welcome at the meeting but only those who joined more than six months before the AGM are eligible to vote.
We hope all members will wish to watch and listen to the Zoom meeting and there will also be the opportunity to ask the management committee questions. We will send details of how to join the meeting to all members who register using the booking form below.
Five members standing for re-election to the Management Committee are John Fielding, Heather Martin, David Mason, Cathy Rollinson, Sue Tymon.
Only votes cast using the website form below will be counted. There will be no provision during the meeting for registering a vote. The AGM is via Zoom and members who want to attend the meeting and subsequent lecture must register below.
TO BE COUNTED, THIS FORM MUST BE RECEIVED 24 HOURS BEFORE THE AGM – booking and voting will close at 6pm on MONDAY 4 JULY 2021. The results of the online voting will be announced at the meeting.
Speaker: Dr Eduardo Olate – Alstroemeria in Chile: species, uses and conservation
Alstroemeria, also known as inca lily, is a geophyte native to South America, with two major geographic centres of origin: Chile and southeast Brazil. Today about 128 taxa are recognised, 38 species being native or endemic to Chile. Alstroemeria has been grown commercially since the 1960s mainly as a cut flower crop, however in recent decades it has also been used as a garden and potted plant.
Eduardo will discuss the most important Chilean species covering the geography of the country from north to south, from the Pacific coast to the high Andes with examples of current sustainable conservation use of Alstroemeria species and cultivars in Chile.
He received his BSc in Crop Science from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (PUCC) in 1993, and his PhD in Plant Science from the University of Connecticut in 2006 where he worked in the Plant Science Department for more than 20 years until he moved to London in 2015.
His first encounter with the world of plants was in his grandmother’s garden and at his great-grandparents’ farm in the town of Santa Cruz, in the heart of the wine country of central Chile.