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Plants, Potions and Poisons: Botany at Glengarnock Castle

Did you know that groundsel, common plantain, dead nettle and meadowsweet all feature in Medieval medicinal poultices for open wounds? Or that lettuce was considered a cure-all for poisons, from hemlock and aconite to deadly nightshade?


Join us at Glengarnock Castle for an exciting botany workshop spanning five centuries, from medieval medicinal lore to present-day nature conservation - a unique opportunity to explore the fascinating natural and cultural heritage of the Garnock Valley at the site of a live archaeological dig. 

  • Discover the importance of botany in medieval medicine
  • Learn the fundamentals of plant ID with a botany expert
  • Take on our Apothecary’s Challenge! Search for, identify and record plants which could have treated the battle wounds and murder attempts scattered throughout the castle’s turbulent history
  • Find out how your records contribute to the conservation of natural heritage in the Garnock Valley

Event Details

Date: 10.30am - 12pm, 11th July 2021

Location: Glengarnock Castle, Kilbirnie

Getting there: Glengarnock Castle is in a semi-remote location north of Kilbirnie. Details of vehicular access and parking will be sent to participants prior to the event. Please be aware that the castle is a 15 minute walk through fields from the arranged parking area. 

How to Book 

The event is free to attend for anyone living local to the Garnock Connections project area, which spans most of North Ayrshire and neighbouring counties. Our workshop is family friendly but suitable for enthusiastic adults too! Spaces are limited - click below to register. 

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