After a good night sleep we were all pleased with the fruity breakfast in the morning. The bananas especially were really nice and different to the ones we are use to.
Today we had a visit from the Britain in Bloom team and a judge from the RHS. Once again, the visitors were so impressed they didn’t leave and definitely extended there 10 minute period to at least half an hour! They were all very impressed with students Emily, Chloe, Rosie, Kayleigh, Lexie and Kristen. The judge also took a photo of the stunning Coelogyne dayana to put forward for a CCC!
Even though Simon and many members of the team are in Rwanda there are still visitors coming to see the project and the greenhouses, even as far as America! Myself and year 8 students Emily and Rosie gave a tour, spoke about the project as well as the girls talking about there work with the Common Spotted Orchid to over 20 visitors. All were as usual very impressed and would have loved to have done what we do back home in America!
Is he just stunning… What a shame this beautiful orchid wasn’t out last week for Hampton Court especially after all of myself and Simon’s efforts which including praying and eating bananas next to the plant! The plant is covered in flower spikes, which have all emerged from new growths so it is going to look even better next year! We grow this plant in section Warm Asia.
The team are all settled down for their first night under a Rwandan sky. Everything is going to plan and I must thank our friends at Kitabi College for making us feel very looked after from the moment we arrived.
It has been a real pleasure to get to know Marshall Banamwana an inspirational Lecturer at Kitabi and leading on the orchid project there. Great also to meet Daniel who, amongst other things, drives the amazing Kitabi bus (featured in Zoe’s post) which will be taking us out to Kitabi and Nyungwe Forest tomorrow after last minute laboratory shopping in Kigali.