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The natural history of Christmas

Apart from the pear tree in which sat the partridge, there are no plants in the 12 days of Christmas according to the folk song. Sadly, even that reference is erroneous, because partridges are ground dwelling birds. And yet at Christmas we are surrounded by plants. This talk by Accredited Lecturer Timothy Walker puts the record straight and rewrites the zoocentric song replacing partridges with poinsettias, and maids with mistletoe.


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I really enjoyed that talk on plants.

Joan Holmes Mon, 03/01/2022 - 17:31 Permalink

Quirky, witty and informative narration. I watched and listened with a smile on my face throughout and now regret not bringing my own holly with berries in this year.

Diana Wed, 29/12/2021 - 03:09 Permalink

Glorious! Thank you tremendously. So carefully crafted and paced with beautifully immersive photographs; also such a sense of good spirit coming from the whole presentation. A joy.

Holly Petrie Tue, 28/12/2021 - 11:37 Permalink

An excellent speaker. Entertainingly informative.
Thank you.

Gill Mon, 27/12/2021 - 12:15 Permalink

All the talks have been fascinating but I think this one's my favourite - so funny as well as informative.

Stephanie Bradley Tue, 21/12/2021 - 17:30 Permalink

What a thoroughly enjoyable talk, so interesting. Thank you.

Jacqui Tue, 21/12/2021 - 08:23 Permalink

This was a very interesting and knowledgeable account of all the plants of Christmas. However, despite explaining the natural history benefits of ivy, as outlined by Timothy, I was unable to change my husbands mind and he is still a remover, whereas I remain leaver.

Jacqueline Cresswell Mon, 20/12/2021 - 16:42 Permalink

Fascinating story and an amazing storyteller. Made me want to discover all the plants's secrets!

Agnes Mon, 20/12/2021 - 08:58 Permalink

A delightful, humorous introduction to the plants of Christmas.

Sheila Sun, 19/12/2021 - 23:17 Permalink

Great delivery from Timothy, lots of knowlwdge and a brilliant sense of humour - I felt uplifted!

Linda Tillbrook Sun, 19/12/2021 - 18:51 Permalink