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Virtual Talk with Candide Gardening

A couple of weeks ago I was approached by Candide to take part in their virtual Garden Club whilst we are in lockdown.

Talking in front of large groups of people is something that I dread having to do. But it’s going to happen at some point. And surely having a virtual audience is better than a real one?

When I was first approached by Candide I was hesitant whether to do it or not. Would my anxiety get the better of me? Will my voice crack under pressure? Will I just fuck it up?

I didn’t. And I’m actually quite proud of myself for doing it. (Although it did mentally drain me for a day or two after. And not mention my anxiety the weekend before.) And it felt like a real achievement afterwards.

Candide allowed me to cover whichever topic I wanted. There was a couple of topics that came to mind, but one stood out to me. I always hear people that love ferns, have a tendency to kill them. And I was exactly the same until I started to grow epiphytic ferns.

In the talk I cover what makes ferns different to our regular houseplants, what an epiphyte is & share with you some of the epiphytic ferns I’m growing at home. We finish the talk off with a Q&A from the virtual audience, at which point I do move away to show them some more of my personal collection. But I wasn’t able to take both cameras with me. If you have the time, I invite you to watch the video below.

I will be uploading a shorter, cut down version of the talk to my IGTV channel for those who don’t have time to watch it all the way through. But I would love to know you thoughts and if you’re growing any of these ferns at home. Just get in touch!

Thank you to those who were able to tune in live to the talk, I hope you all enjoyed it. I really loved the Q&A at the end. I definitely felt I loosened up a little bit.

Keep on Growing,

Robi x

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