Last weekend I was lucky enough to hear a seminar delivered by Dr Cara Daly, plant scientist and horticulturist. Gardening is a real get-your-hands-dirty occupation perfected through many seasons of trial and error but a little injection of scientific analysis reminds us of the wonder of nature that is taking place right under our noses! The talk, delivered in easy-to-digest sound bites, momentarily transported me back to secondary school. All that biology class terminology of photosynthesis, stomata and xylem came bubbling to the surface. Stuff that I thought had long been ejected from my brain is still rattling around in there. I guess that’s a comfort of sorts. The lives of plants, as documented by Cara, are truly fascinating and I came away mesmerized.
Cara will be hosting four more talks at Springmount Garden Centre, Gorey. They run form 10.30 – 11.30am on Saturday mornings. It’ll give the grey cells a gentle poke in the ribs and you’ll come away with a renewed sense of wonder!