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This illustrated online talk will delve into the wonderfully rich world of Christmas customs and folklore, past and present.
Via 12 carefully chosen plants, author and educator Michael Holland will take you on 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 our kitchen cupboards for some fabulously festive flavours.
- Duration: 60 mins
- Online Zoom event: Join from your computer, phone or tablet (a recording will be available)
Meet the Host, Michael Holland, FLS biog.
Michael 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. He is both a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London and of the London Environmental Educators’ Forum (LEEF) and is on the Education Committee of the Royal Horticultural Society. He has spoken at a number of global conferences; a highlight being invited to lecture at a botanical garden in Japan.
He has 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).
He's written three books:'I Ate Sunshine for Breakfast' (a colourful compendium of plants and ethnobotany), 'Smart Animals' (about intelligence in the animal kingdom) and 'A Jungle In Your Living Room - a guide to creating your own houseplant collection'; and has written numerous articles for BBC Gardeners' World online.
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