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The IGPS is delighted that Kristin Jameson will launch Séamus O’Brien’s latest book, In the Footsteps of Joseph Dalton Hooker: A Sikkim Adventure, at Fota House on October 20th.
Seamus O’Brien has made several journeys to the Kingdom of Sikkim following the journeys of the famous plant hunter and cartographer Joseph Dalton Hooker. Séamus was inspired by his reading Hooker’s accounts of his travels, the wonderful plants he introduced, some of which grow at the National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh, which is in Séamus’ charge.
With this background, Séamus travelled throughout the Kingdom following in the footsteps of Joseph Dalton Hooker, and using his sketches and illustrations in his books to compare the country as it is now with how it was in Hooker’s time. The book combines Séamus’ travels and those of Hooker in a wonderful narrative.
Séamus will introduce the book at the book launch with insights into his time in Sikkim so it will be an informative and enjoyable occasion. Books will be available on the day.
Admission to this event is free but, with demand on places, it is necessary to register your intention of attending and you can do this via this link to Eventbrite
In the Footsteps of Joseph Dalton Hooker – Book Launch with Seamus O’Brien
The IGPS is delighted that Anthea Forde will launch Seamus O’Brien’s second book, ‘In the Footsteps of Joseph Dalton Hooker: A Sikkim Adventure’. Seamus, Head Gardener at the National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh, Co. Wicklow, will present a talk and signed copies of his books will be available to buy at a discounted price £30 (from £40) at this book launch.
Joseph Dalton Hooker ranks as the greatest botanical explorer of the 19th century. From 1848-1851, he explored the Himalayan ranges of east Nepal and Sikkim, discovering a plethora of new plants, the seeds of which he sent to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Some of those seedlings found their way to Ireland and inspired by those growing at the National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh, Seamus O’Brien led four expeditions ‘In the Footsteps of Joseph Dalton Hooker’. His talk recounts those journeys.
This is our Autumn lecture in Association with Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.
Refreshments provided, plant raffle on evening. Everyone is welcome!