Come out and explore the mysterious world of lichens, mosses, and other tiny plants close up using stereoscopes, compound microscopes, and hand lenses. Drop in sessions with Howard Fox (National Botanic Gardens/OPW), Maria Cullen leading Irish Botanists (with special interests in lichens and fungi), and Clare Heardman (National Parks and Wildlife Service) based in Glengarriff Woods.
The botanists will explain and show the nature and beauty of some of the smallest plants in the gardens. Access to the gardens is free (for Heritage Week). No booking necessary! This event is part of the annual Ellen Hutchins Festival.
Time: 10:30 to 12:30 and 2pm to 4pm
Location: Bantry House and Gardens
More about the Festival
Ellen Hutchins was Ireland’s first female botanist. Born in Ballylickey in County Cork, she specialised in lichens, mosses, liverworts & seaweeds. This festival celebrates her life, discoveries, and work. Now an annual event, the festival includes walks with botanists, talks, exhibitions, children’s events, and a very special seaweed event on Whiddy Island.