Visiting the Gardens
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IN THE NEWS, January 29, 2011
Abutilon pitcairnense - back from the brink
Noeleen Smyth published an article on Abutilon
pitcairnense in Curtis’ Botanical Magazine, which
included a portrait painted by botanical artist,
Susan Sex (right). This species is teetering on the brink
of extinction, but alive and well under the care of
our horticultural staff here at Glasnevin.
Whilst gardening may seem a world away from
saving the planet, the very converse is true and
many plants under our care at Glasnevin and
Kilmacurragh, are of huge significance. Growing
them is more than just a public spectacle – it
gives us an insight into how to restore and
rehabilitate these plants into damaged habitats.
Visitors can help this project by buying packs of
greeting cards or a limited edition
mounted print of a watercolour, also by
Susan, showing the arrival of HMS Bounty at
Pitcairn Island in 1790 – both are available from the
Visitor Centre. Funds raised from the sale are
being used to support the conservation work
on Pitcairn Island, which is being funded by the
Mohammed Bin Zayed Conservation Fund.
You can watch the news item that was broadcast on
RTE Six One News on January 27th here .
The Pitcairn Islands Philatelic Bureau have issued two stamps featuring
Abutilon pitcairnense (right)
First day covers can be ordered from their