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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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The Artvent choices are wonderful - so varied and informative. This was no exception - well done!

Mary Bradley Fri, 17/12/2021 - 10:56 Permalink

This was a very different view of Christmas and very informative.

Mary-Ann Renton Fri, 17/12/2021 - 10:42 Permalink

Fascinating. The best talk by a long way so far.
Television is missing out on this brilliant and informative man. We need to hear more from him please.

Sarah Broadhead Fri, 17/12/2021 - 10:32 Permalink

What an interesting talk; thank you so much.

Sue Bruce Fri, 17/12/2021 - 10:24 Permalink

Fascinating talk about plants of Christmas. I was riveted from start to finish.
Thank you

Jane C Fri, 17/12/2021 - 10:22 Permalink

What a fascinating talk. We learnt so much Many thanks.

Joan Stevens Fri, 17/12/2021 - 10:04 Permalink

An absolutely fascinating and informative talk! I am really loving the Artvent calendar ~ so many fantastic contributions.
Thank you Arts Society!

Julie Ruffles Fri, 17/12/2021 - 09:59 Permalink

A fascinating and witty lecture that flowed well. Full of interesting facts. Thank you.

Jenny Hill Fri, 17/12/2021 - 09:57 Permalink

As a gardener/cook I was bound to like this talk and I was not disappointed, I found this SO interesting. Thank you.

Peppi Shaw Fri, 17/12/2021 - 09:50 Permalink

If I was young this would make me want to be a botanist -the best treat of Advent

Ann Morris Fri, 17/12/2021 - 09:40 Permalink