As you can see May 18th next year has been designated as the first international Fascination of Plants day.
Many of our tippety top plant organisations in the UK are involved, such as the Eden Project, lots of botanical gardens like Kew, the Natural History Museum, plus various research and educational organisations. The full list of participating UK organisations will be here*.
In the run up to next year's special day, Kew Gardens have selected ten of their most fascinating plants, from the giant titan arum rising three metres high to the smallest water lily in the world, with pads as little as 1cm across. The myriad of plants that has shaped history, and continues to affect our lives, is showcased by the John Innes Centre.
Here's the amazing plant picture as promised, taken by Olivier Leroux of the National University of Ireland, Galway. It's a longitudinal section of a fern crozier, Asplenium elliottii. You might like to compare it with the photo I took of my tree fern, Dicksonia antarctica unfurling in 2009.
* sadly this currently isn't as full a list as the one I received yesterday - email me at vegplotting at gmail dot com if you'd like it