The Ellen Hutchins Festival
Ellen Hutchins (1785-1815) was an early Irish botanist who specialised in seaweeds, lichens, mosses and liverworts. She is known for finding many plants new to science, identifying hundreds of species, and for her botanical illustrations in contemporary publications.
The Ellen Hutchins Festival, during Heritage Week in August in the Bantry Bay area, is an annual celebration of Ellen’s life and work, botany, botanical art, and the biodiversity and beauty of Bantry Bay. There are guided nature walks, botanical art workshops, exhibitions, boat trips, seaweed events, talks, living history events, a Wild Child Day, self-guided trails and botanical art demonstrations.Find out more about the Ellen Hutchins Festival and other events