Advent Botany

In 2014 the idea developed of posting a Tweet, blog and Facebook entry for one plant related to Christmas for each day of advent.  At the end of that year it seemed there were far too many plants to cover in just 25 days.  In 2015 and 2016 new plants appeared and some previous ones were revisited. This challenging task has been shared among a group of volunteers from around the world.  Each has a novel story to tell about a plant dear to them or linked to local Christmas customs.  Huge thanks to the many contributors during those first three years.  The call for 2018 is now open https://doodle.com/poll/9tm367tqstmiiqvi.

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Advent Botany 2014

Advent Botany 2015

Advent Botany 2016

December 2017 offered a challenge – are there another 25 plants to write about given that 75 have already been covered? #AdventBotany2017 showed that another 25 was entirely possible an still there are plants waiting for the next season.

2017 topics:

1: Alastair Culham – Christmas cherry
2: Dawn Bazely – Cranberries
3: Amy Smith – apples and quince
4: Karen Andrews – Glastonbury thorn
5: Dawn Bazely – Ivy across the pond
6: Maria Christodoulou – Mastic
7: Robbie Blackhall-Miles – the lily revisited
8: Mandeep Matharu & Louise O’Beirne – Yuletide horticultural heroes pt 1 Santa’s little helpers
9: Yvette Harvey & Maria Christodoulou – Yuletide horticultural heroes pt 2 ‘Christmas’
10: Rachel Webster – Have yourself a microscopic Christmas
11: Dr M’s mystery Christmas
12: Adam Idoine – Feijoa
13: Szu Shen Wong – Pomegranate
14: Helen Miller – Nutmeg and mace
15: Jeanne Osnas/Katherine Preston – A surprise!
16: Maria Christodoulou & Kalman Konyves – Cardamom
16: Alastair Culham – Brazil nuts
18: Karen Andrews – Cyclamen persicum
19: Will Simpson – Christmas Kalanchoe
20: Hannah Josey – Holly
21: Dawn Bazely – Arctic cotton
22: Ali Eyres – Cork
23: Alastair Culham – Rosemary
24: Meg Cathcart-James – Juniper
25: Alastair Culham – potato

Alastair