The Botany of Christmas

The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7434 4479 EXT 11


12:30–13:00 Wednesday 7 December 2016

161207 Viscum
Image © The Linnean Society

Whether in the frankincense and myrrh of the Bible, the mistletoe hanging from ceilings at Christmas parties, or in the ingredients of Christmas food and drink, plants play an important role in the meaning and enjoyment of the Christmas festival. In this seasonal talk, Dr Mark Nesbitt FLS, curator and ethnobotanist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, will explore the past and future of such plants, drawing on the rich biological and art collections at Kew and the Linnean Society. We will see how specimens such as those kept at Kew’s Economic Botany Collection carry rich histories and are used in research into the science and culture of Christmas plants.

This meeting is free and open to all; registration is not necessary. Tea and coffee will be served in the Library following the event. 

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