Members of Ballymena Garden Club were treated to a lesson in botanical education at their November meeting courtesy of special speaker Ciaran Mulhholland, a lecturer in horticulture at CAFRE’s Greenmount Campus.
As winter approaches Club members retreat from their gardens and spend time perusing seed and plant catalogues as they plan for the new growing season. To complement this they attend a series of talks, organised by the Club, to enhance their knowledge base.
Ciaran spoke on the formal, scientific naming of plants, pointing out that while a plant can have a variety of common names, in botany each plant species is given a unique internationally agreed binomial name.
Members also heard that both parts of the name use Latin grammatical forms, although they can be based on words drawn from other languages, and often incorporate the name of a person, the plant’s growth habit, season of blooming or colour.
A Club spokesperson said: “This could have been a daunting subject for a lecturer to embark on with a non-scientific audience but Ciaran, with a sense of humour and a light touch, succeeded in explaining this important facet of horticulture.”
Members will next meet on February 2, at 7.30 pm in Houston’s Mill, Broughshane, and newcomers will be welcome