Hooked on plants

Roy Lancaster was 15 when his interest in gardening was piqued. In his latest book, the 79-year-old reflects on a life of plants

11th September, 2016
Visitors strolling in Kilmacurrah Picture: Paddy Tobin

You could say the now renowned plant hunter, writer, gardener and broadcaster Roy Lancaster’s career started with narcotics. His interest in plants was piqued when at the age of 15, he found a strange plant growing in a potato patch in an allotment near his school. The specimen was sent off to a museum in London for identification.

“It may as well have been sent off to the other side of the moon,” said...

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