Noeleenn Smyth, conservation botanist, National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin Dublin (with baby Holly)
These hands remember granny gwoing pots of “mind your own business”, and laughing whenever anybody asked granny their name. these hands started learning plant names working on a heather nursery in County Kildare and then they learnt lots more plant names when they trained to become horticultural hands in the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin in Dublin.
The curiosity of these hands, to learn about the plants, to know their names and how they co-exist in the wild led these hands to university to become the hands of a botanist. They travelled to Pitcairn Islands to save a plant from extinction. The hands love to be out in nature, they still yearn to learn, not just about great trees but about the smallest most insignificant moss, to find their place in the world.