Catherine’s Tour

Catherine’s Tour Tour Guide Des Smith talks to Catherine about the culinary uses of some of the plants. Des is a very experienced guide with lots of botanical knowledge and has been involved in environmental and civil rights causes over many years. Kawa kawa (piper excelsum).  The fruit, bark and leaves all have medicinal properties. It is related to the pepper (Piper nigrum) that we use as a condiment.  It…

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Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, sits near the North Island’s southernmost point on the Cook Strait. A compact city, it encompasses a waterfront promenade, sandy beaches, a working harbour and colourful timber houses on surrounding hills. From Lambton Quay, the iconic red Wellington Cable Car heads to the Wellington Botanic Gardens. Strong winds through the Cook Strait give it the nickname “Windy Wellington” with an average wind speed of…

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Cabineteely, Co. Dublin

Cabinteely is a suburb of Dublin’s Southside. It is located in Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown, County Dublin, Ireland. Much of Cabinteely is parkland (Cabinteely Park and Kilbogget Park) or open countryside (around Laughanstown and Brennanstown). Cabinteely borders Ballybrack, Carrickmines, Cherrywood, Cornelscourt, Deansgrange, Foxrock, Johnstown, Killiney and Loughlinstown. Cabinteely’s Carnegie library was opened in 1912, and features a tiled roof, copper cupola and leaded windows. Cabinteely Park, which surrounds Cabinteely House, is an example of late 18th and early 19th century landscape. As with Marlay Park, the landscape of Cabinteely Park was highly influenced by Capability Brown, resulting in the natural appearance of the park. Ponds and informal clusters of trees draw attention to the natural lie of the land in order to give it depth. Other features of this period that can…

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Season 3 Episode 1 – Where We Went