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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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Thank you, what an interesting talk, and I enjoyed the little asides too!

Miranda Fagandini Fri, 17/12/2021 - 14:37 Permalink

Fabulous talk Timothy, thank you. I learnt a lot, the talk was very interesting and the pictures complimented the talk so well. The best talk of the series so far.

Christine Fri, 17/12/2021 - 14:23 Permalink

Excellent, & informative, delivered beautifully!

Jean Edwards Fri, 17/12/2021 - 14:13 Permalink

Thank you for your talk. Very interesting and informative.

Kaz Woods Fri, 17/12/2021 - 13:48 Permalink

Thank you Timothy,,I have learnt a lot today! I loved your presentation and pictures!

Francesca Bratley Fri, 17/12/2021 - 13:47 Permalink

Wonderful talk; informative, amusing, interesting and thoroughly enjoyable.

Sue Fri, 17/12/2021 - 13:20 Permalink

Splendid!! And thank you the whole calendar. I’ve loved it.

Jackie Fri, 17/12/2021 - 13:00 Permalink

What an amazing talk, thank you! I hadn't really thought too much about the plants of Christmas before, just take them for granted! I will see the plants in a different light this year!

Carol Caiger Fri, 17/12/2021 - 12:51 Permalink

Fascinating talk. Much enjoyed

Nadia Ellis Fri, 17/12/2021 - 12:23 Permalink

Wow - best yet!

Anonymous Fri, 17/12/2021 - 12:14 Permalink