With the arrival of spring, around three million Australians (15% of the population) will start to experience the dreaded hay fever symptoms; itchy watery eyes, runny noses and itchy throat. And the one thing people blame the most – pollen from flowering plants.
Fact is most pollens, especially from flowering plants, are too heavy to float in the air.
The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney’s Director of Horticulture, Jimmy Turner, is an allergy sufferer himself and knows how debilitating hay fever can be.
He wants to set the record straight and combat the annual fake news on flowers and share facts about spring allergies.