Entries by alexandra.caccamo@opw.ie

Painting an Irish Rose for Yeats

 A Blog by Holly Somerville This year celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of WB Yeats. The Secret Gardens of Sligo, The Yeats Society and Yeats 2015 are launching a brand new Irish rose to be named ‘WB Yeats’ in his honour. It takes up to eight years to develop a new rose, in […]

A Botanical Journey around Ireland

by Michael Campbell (ISBA overseas member) FÁILTE As beautiful and charming as Ireland is, the weather can be unforgiving. So it was when I landed in Shannon on May 4, 2015—my fifth trip to my ancestral home. Chilly showers and fierce winds greeted me as I headed up to Doolin, which would serve as my […]

Travels in the Himalaya – A Sikkim Adventure.

By Seamus O’Brien. The sun was setting as we travelled across the tropical plains of West Bengal and made our initial ascent of the Himalayan foothills towards the former British hill station of Darjeeling. The aim of our expedition was to retrace the footsteps of the famous British botanist and explorer, Joseph Dalton Hooker (1817–1911) […]