And then I got to University and started to learn about plants and the relationships between plants, and animals, and us. In fact, plants hold together ALL ecosystems. They are the source of habitat, and food, and oxygen, and life. And the more I learned, the more I loved.
|Inside the Palm House|
|Finds in the Palm House, and group posing across the pond from the Palm House.|
|Making music with rainforest instruments, and wearing rainforest hats (or in Janey's case - wearing a food cover as a hat). Also, flowers in front of the Palm House.|
While learning more about the rainforest we learned that there are items in the rainforest that are used in up to 85% of chemotherapy treatments for Leukemia. The rainforest are home to an incredible number of foods and medicines. They house 45% of all animals. Vanilla, rubber, bananas, papayas and more are all found in rainforest. They hold together the land and prevent flooding, and they are home to many tribes who have learned to protect and live. We learned that papayas can help with back pain, and rubber trees are tapped to create latex. It was informative and interesting - and as close as we could get to a tropical rainforest in the heart of London.
|Walking through the Palm house with our guide|
|Princess of Wales Conservatory and the Carnivorous Plants Room|
|Many Plants and Catci in the Princess of Wales Conservatory|
|Beautiful flowers in the Princess of Wales Conservatory|
|Xstrata Treetop Walkway, and the insides of a tree trunk|