Nick Macer’s recently delivered his talk “Confessions of a Plant Freak” to IGPS members in Northern Ireland.
Beforehand he visited the garden of our members David and Janet Ledsham where he admired some of the birches which David had grown from seed and Eucryphia moorei which was in full bloom.
In the afternoon we went to The Botanic Gardens in Belfast where he met some of the staff of Belfast Parks together with members of the Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens who are also IGPS members and heard about the project to restore the Victorian Tropical Ravine. While the building housing the Ravine is being refurbished, Parks staff are taking the opportunity to propagate the rare Killarney Fern.
Text and photographs from Maeve Bell.