‘The greatest service rendered to any country is to add a useful plant to its culture’ – Thomas Jefferson, 1800. Throughout history, plants have supplied us with food, medicine, and other essentials; as empires expanded and fell, staple crops failed or flourished. From the key role of botany in European empire-building, to the ‘Colombian exchange’ of American tomatoes, tobacco, and maize with ‘Old World’ grapes, sugar cane and dandelion, these changing global fortunes and power relations are represented in our collections. Explore through this tour a fascinating cornucopia of species both familiar and strange from our organic vegetable garden, exotic tropical glasshouses, and Herbarium artefacts collection.
Read an article about the tour here
€5 per person. Tickets available on the day.
Irish Times article, September 2019