Lotus Tour of China
Gallery 4

by Pat Clifford
Senior Horticulturist, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
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Me being arty

 Black Dragon Lake

A particularly rainy day

Chinese graffiti


Bonsai Garden

Back in Kunming, Big Guan Park

Sad looking lotus after all the rain

Strange boat-shaped temple

Local fishing in
Big Guan Park

Pat and a massive lotus lake

By meeting so many people with their vast reservoir of knowledge and skills, my experience will truly benefit the RBGE over the coming years as I continue to tap into this unique source and look forward sharing information and any new techniques that I discover. I already have my first project planned for next spring when I will begin an experiment with the Victorias, which will measure the relationship between final leaf size and how early the plant is allowed to flower.

Attending the Symposium and visiting China was truly one of the most fulfilling experiences in my career and will live with me for a long time and writing this report has brought back so many fantastic memories. I was fortunate to meet so many like-minded people and I came back from the trip not only with great memories (and 1800 photos) but also with a renewed enthusiasm and interest. All this reinforced the theory that I already had -- I must have one of the best jobs on earth. 

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Additional Gallery by Nola and Michael Fenech, Australia

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