Botanists at Las Hortichuelas

The countryside near Las Hortichuelas Altas

Today, the botany students had their first outing.

Las Hortichuelas Altas

They walked from Las Negras to Las Hortichuelas through the ramblas along a route we first showed the professors over 20 years ago.

Professor Jim Ross

Professor Stephen Jury delivering a lecture

Professors Jim Ross and Stephen Jury have just retired, and Reading University, where they lectured, no longer offers Degrees in Botany and so, this year, they have brought over a group of students from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Enjoying a picnic

We encountered them outside the village, where they stopped for a picnic, and we spent an enjoyable and informative hour with them.

Las Hortichuelas Altas

The professors have given me a list of plants of Almeria – it’s formidable! It was compiled by a very knowledgeable botanist, Ronnie Rutherford, from Kew Gardens whose brains I picked. What he doesn’t know about botany isn’t worth knowing – an incredible knowledge of plants.


About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live pn a small farmer the town of Alhabia in the Alpujarra Almeriense in the Province of Almeria. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy portraiture and figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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One Response to Botanists at Las Hortichuelas

  1. angela Bell says:

    Is there an enterprize somewhwere here for you both>

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