This illustrated online talk will delve into the wonderfully rich world of Christmas customs and folklore, past and present.
Via 12 carefully chosen plants, it’ll be a trip around the World in the pursuit of warming spices, a forage in the woods for plants much closer to home and then right into your kitchen cupboards for some fabulously festive flavours.
The 12 plants are:
● Holly ● Poinsettia
● Ivy ● Cranberry
● Grapes/vine ● Mistletoe
● Potato ● Oranges, clementines, satsumas
● Cloves and other spices ● Spruce tree
● Chestnuts (and other nuts) ● Brussels sprouts
Michael Holland, FLS
Michael Holland studied Ecology at Lancaster and Oregon State Universities and is a keen photographer, wildlife gardener and all-round composting nerd! Michael had a 25-year career at the eminent Chelsea Physic Garden in London, latterly as Head of Education for over 17 years. He has taught tens of thousands of people, aged 2 to 92, about the natural world. A Fellow of the Linnean Society of London and the London Environmental Educators’ Forum (LEEF) he has spoken at a number of global conferences; a highlight being invited to lecture at a botanical garden in Japan.
He has also appeared on a number of television and radio shows and podcasts about plants and history (including Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, Channel 5’s ‘The Thames: Britain’s Great River’ series with Tony Robinson and Mr Plant Geek’s Plant-Based Podcast to name a few). His recent book ‘I Ate Sunshine for Breakfast’ is a colourful compendium of plants and ethnobotany aimed at children and families.
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