Food for Thought
Pineapple Mania at Hillsborough Castle
Saturday 16 February, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
£6 / £5 concession. Booking essential.
In the Georgian period, the pineapple was the ultimate symbol of wealth and power; found on the most fashionable dining room tables of the era. Wills Hill, the First Marquess of Downshire, was swept up in the craze for pineapples and created one of the earliest ‘pineries’ in Ireland, in the grounds of his Hillsborough estate. Through the remarkable skill of his gardeners, he was able to cultivate this tropical fruit within the limited means of the time. Join us for this brunchtime lecture with Dr Johanna Lausen Higgins (Lecturer at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh / Lost Gardens of Heligan), as she uncovers the fascinating history of the pineapple and its early cultivation in UK and Ireland.