Sorted! – The Festival of Talks – Cambridge University Botanic Garden
About the Event
To celebrate the opening of the Rising Path this September, Cambridge University Botanic Garden is
launching a new festival of talks – Sorted! – which runs 25-27 September. Bringing together artists and art
historians, botanic garden experts, scientists, historians, curators, horticulturalists, researchers and writers
from Cambridge, Oxford, the RHS, the Natural History Museum and more, Sorted! will explore how we sort
and organise the natural world.
Each day of the Festival is themed to provoke and shape discussion:
Sorted! by Science and Art, Tuesday 25 September, 10.15am – 3.00pm
Speakers: Dr Sam Brockington; Dr Chris Thorogood; Hettie Ward; Charlotte Brooks; Dr Lauren Gardiner; Dr
The theme for Sorted! by Science and Art is inspired by the Council for Education: Department for Science
and Art who commissioned the Garden’s Director, John Stevens Henslow, to draw and produce a groundbreaking
set of botanical teaching diagrams in 1858.
Sorted! by Sight and Scent, Wednesday 26 September, 10.15am – 3.00pm
Speakers: Prof Beverley Glover; Dr Claudia Tobin; Prof David Coomes; Dr Ray Wightman; Dr Twigs Way; Dr
Founder of the Botanic Garden, Professor John Henslow gave the children in his parish school ‘instruction in
botany as a useful and not unimportant method of awakening curiosity’. How do we look at plants today?
Perspectives today range from the molecular to the poetic, but all start with curiosity.
Sorted! by Word and Deed, Thursday 27 September, 10.15am – 3.00pm
Speakers: Shelley Innes; Dr Caroline Cornish; Dr Alison Foster; Dr Ed Turner; Dr Sandy Knapp; Sally Petitt
How have the words and deeds of scientists, writers, collectors, researchers and conservationists shaped
our understanding of the natural world and our place in it? Sorted! By Word and Deed will explore.
Juliet Day, Project Manager of CUBG’s Rising Path project and Sorted! Festival organiser says: “The idea
for Sorted! came out of the wonderful adventure we’ve been on with the Rising Path, a project which has
been enriched hugely by the different inputs of many experts in their field – collection curators, scientists,
landscape historians, conservationists and many more. The exciting and diverse Sorted! programme will
appeal to everyone curious about how and why we have always sought to sort and name nature. And with
each inspirational day rounded off with tours of the Garden, the collections and the just-opened Rising
Path, going back to school this September will never be more enjoyable than at Sorted!.”
Hosted in the Sainsbury Laboratory, within the Botanic Garden, the talks are followed by optional tours
of the Botanic Garden’s plant collections in the company of knowledgeable Garden staff, including a visit
to the newly-opened Rising Path which has been designed to offer a new view on the Garden’s historic
One-day and full-festival tickets are now on sale from the Cambridge Live Box Office and cost £30.00 for
one day, or get completely sorted with a three-day, full festival ticket at £75. In addition to all the talks, the
ticket price also includes admission to the Botanic Garden, mid-morning refreshments and lunch from the
Garden Café, and end-of-the-day tours.
Bookings can be made on-line following the links on the Cambridge University Botanic Garden’s website:
www.botanic.cam.ac.uk or by telephone on 01223 357851 or in person at the Cambridge Live box office, 2
Wheeler Street, Cambridge.