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REMINDER: Folklore & Dangerous Plants

Saturday 19 November, Folklore & Dangerous Plants, a talk by Roy Vickery, one of eight contributions to the London Fortean Society’s Haunted Landscape day, 10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.,  at Conway Hall, near Holborn  underground station (Central and Piccadilly lines).  For further information see the Events page on this website.

Report: 201 people had registered for this event, and despite  Dangerous Plants being the second talk on the programme, starting at 10.30 a.m., people arrived early and were settled and receptive.  The talk started by referring to the Folklore Society’s Survey of Unlucky Plants, conducted in the early 1980s, with its results being published in 1985.  Then there was a brief run through the comparatively few plants which are considered to be ‘lucky’, before a discussion of some the ‘unlucky’ species – hawthorn (Crataegus sp.), lilac (Syringa vulgaris), cow parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris), duckweed (Lemna minor) and parsley (Petroselinum crispum).                                                                                                               Several people commented how much they had enjoyed the talk, and Vickery’s Folk Flora was sold out on the bookstall.

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