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Symposium - Plant Hunting in the 21st Century
Monday, October 1, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM (BST)
London, United Kingdom
The Garden Museum organises a number of symposia each year. The subjects are varied but each topic is discussed in great detail. Each event runs from 10am to 5pm and the prices include refreshments and lunch.
Our gardens and public spaces are adorned with the results of previous generation’s plant hunting. Today however, plant hunting is at a crossroads. The expectation that countries of origin gain some benefit from ‘their’ plants, concerns over invasive aliens and a growing interest in native plants has raised questions over the future of plant hunting. With so many species in cultivation - do we even need more? Conservation and the pressures of climate change also raise issues.
Speakers include Roy Lancaster, Bleddyn Wynne-Jones, Tim Entwisle (Kew), James Hitchmough and Michael Wickenden, with opportunities for audience participation. The day will be chaired by Dr Noel Kingsbury.
This event is in support of The Plant Seekers: An Exhibition at the Garden Museum from 17th July to 21st October.
Doors open at 10.00am with the event beginning at 10.30am. The day will finish at 4.30pm.
When & Where
The Garden Museum was set up in 1977 in order to rescue from demolition the abandoned ancient church of St Mary’s which is the burial place of John Tradescant (c1570 – 1638), the first great gardener and plant-hunter in British history. His magnificent and enigmatic tomb is the centrepiece of a knot garden planted with the flowers which grew in his London garden four centuries ago.
In 2008 the interior was transformed into a centre for exhibitions and events by the construction of contemporary gallery spaces. Three exhibitions each year explore the making of British gardens, and a programme of over 30 talks and interviews celebrates heroes and heroines from the forgotten plant-hunters and gardeners of the past to the designers and writers in fashion today. Visitors will also see a permanent display of paintings, tools, ephemera and historic artefacts: a glimpse into the uniquely British love affair with gardens.