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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 Timothy for such a refreshing plant focused talk this morning.

Valerie Maidment Fri, 17/12/2021 - 09:39 Permalink

Fascinating and very cleverly and wittily presented.

Angela Wren Fri, 17/12/2021 - 09:08 Permalink

Best so far. A veritable mine of information and I think I’ve retained some of it too!

Fiona Fri, 17/12/2021 - 09:03 Permalink

I absolutely loved this, nice to watch and listen to something a bit different from the norm and it was fascinating. Thank you :)

Karen Sweeting Fri, 17/12/2021 - 08:54 Permalink

I am so loving your Artvent.... and today’s lecture was really wonderful, so much to learn about the more unusual plants, which we could use in future Christmasses.
Thank you very much for all of this..

Gabriel Dupenois Fri, 17/12/2021 - 08:54 Permalink

I learned so much from this. It was incredibly interesting.

Sarah Oldham Fri, 17/12/2021 - 08:35 Permalink

Lovely, well-presented talk full of interesting information, so suitable for Christmas: thank you!

Sophie Oosterwijk Fri, 17/12/2021 - 08:29 Permalink

What a brilliant presentation - I learned SO much from 5 minutes of this deeply knowledgeable talk. I'm thoroughly enjoying your Advent offerings, but this was the best!

Robert Martin Fri, 17/12/2021 - 08:29 Permalink

That was a fascinating insight in to the numerous plants associated with Christmas. Thank you!

Jane Wheeler Fri, 17/12/2021 - 08:17 Permalink

That was a really interesting presentation by Timothy and quite rightly putting Christmas plants top of the tree!

Mary Fri, 17/12/2021 - 08:09 Permalink