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KBBS Report of the Month

Our Bursary Scheme, funded by  a generous legacy from Mr Kenneth Black, provides small bursaries to students and people who are employed in horticulture.  You can find details of the scheme and how to apply on the main bursary scheme page.  Here we regularly feature a report from one of the beneficiaries:

May 2020 Report of the Month
(see Emily's article in The Hardy Plant Vol.41 No.1 Spring 2020, pp60-65)
A Comparative Study of Prairie Environments in Midwest North America
Emily Blackmore

I have recently completed a Kew Specialist Certificate in Ornamental Horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, during which I travelled to Midwest North America to complete a comparative study of remnant prairies in their natural habitats, managed restoration prairies and prairie planting in cultivation and the urban environment. The motivation for this study has been forged through my horticultural career in which I have closely worked with North American herbaceous perennials and grasses particularly when I previously worked at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and I was captivated by the use and impact of prairie plants in the urban landscape. I felt it would be hugely beneficial to my development as a horticulturist to study, identify and understand the plants in the natural unmanaged environment, the approach of restoring habitats and the design and management of the cultivated urban prairies.

Read the full report here

A selection of other reports may be found here

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