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Letter from Armenia

last modified Oct 01, 2015 09:35 AM

Pete Carey has spent two weeks in the mountains of Vyots Dzor in Armenia collecting plants of a restricted range species, Potentilla porphyrantha. They have been working on a site that is due to be mined in the coming years. The plants are being translocated to a new glasshouse that they have built at Sevan in one of three botanic gardens in Armenia. All of the gardens are in a poor state following a lack of funding in the post-Soviet era. The extraction of plants from rocks required a combination of delicate excavation with those and brute force using hammers and chisels in some pretty challenging terrain.