Amazing orchid propagation workshop at Kitabi College.

A massive well done to my Rwanda team for a very successful and inspiring workshop this afternoon at the Kitabi College of Conservation and Environmental Management. After a tour, dinner and further discussions with acting principle Richard Nasasira we spent the afternoon with the college’s diploma students.

The team presented our project with Zoe Parfitt describing the work of the Orchid Project, Zoe Barnes explaining how orchids are raised from seed in a laboratory and Jake Smaje describing the opportunities for Rwanda.

Zoe and Zoe then gave a brilliant workshop on de-flasking orchid seedlings using some of the Writhlington orchids imported for the expedition. An exciting discussion followed demonstrating the enthusiasm, commitment and interest of the Kitabi students. Remaining seedlings were distributed to the students and they all left with the challenge of de-flasking and growing their plants and thus helping to identify best practice under Rwandan conditions.

Zoe and Zoe de-flasking Writhlington seedlings at Katabi College Rwanda Zoe and Zoe de-flasking Writhlington seedlings at Katabi College Rwanda


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  1. Cordelia says:

    Thanks for keeping the updates coming. We are enjoying them and the photos.

  2. Looks like your all have a great time over there, great to see your coping without Luke 😉

  3. Twizo says:

    On behalf of all SPI [( Science Promotion Initiative)Rwanda] we are delighted that all activities are keeping well, and the project is being more convincing. We are following you on this blogue and waiting to meeting you back from Nyungwe.


  4. Well done everyone, it is great to find out what you have been up to each day. Keep up the good work and updating the blog.

  5. Richard says:

    It was nice learning from your experience and how professionals can be nurtured at their earliest age!

    Well done Zoe’s and Jake! All the best,Simon and Chantal.