News Exercise #235


1. What word did the reporter use to describe the glass-replacement process, and with what expression did the Kew Gardens employee describe it?
2. In what situation were the plants gathered originally?
3. What importance is there in preserving rare plant species?
4. What was the original intention of Kew Gardens?

Answers:
1. What word did the reporter use to describe the glass-replacement process, and with what expression did the Kew Gardens employee describe it?
He said that it must have been “fiddly” and she replied that it had been “a labour of love”.

2. In what situation were the plants gathered originally?
They were gathered from across the world during the British colonial days.

3. What importance is there in preserving rare plant species?
Only a small proportion of plants in the world have been fully investigated for medicinal properties.

4. What was the original intention of Kew Gardens?
It was intended to provide the kingdom (UK) with everything that is useful in the plant kingdom.

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