Travels with international plant hunters – National Botanic Garden of Wales
About the Event
There’s a chance to cheer up the chilly winter days of January by hearing tales of botanical derring-do from around the world.
Three international modern-day plant explorers will be giving talks at the National Botanic Garden of Wales on three consecutive Fridays at 12 noon – the talks are free and admission to the Garden is free, too.
On January 12, Alex Summers, Senior Horticulturist at Cambridge University Botanic Garden, will give a talk entitled ‘Plant hunting in Northern Vietnam’, which will focus on his expedition to the forested slopes of the Hoang Lien Mountains in Northern Vietnam.
On the 19th, it’s the turn of Tom Christian, Project Officer at the International Conifer Conservation Programme. His talk ‘Travel in search of Conifers’ will draw on his many travels in search of conifers both at home and abroad, and will help to present this extraordinary group of plants in a new light.
Guardian columnist Robbie Blackhall-Miles completes the trio of intrepid horticultural hunters on January 26 with a talk entitled ‘Hunting Shapeshifters: the search for Proteas in the mountains of South Africa’. Robbie is a plantsman and conservationist. Fossil Plants, his backyard botanic garden in North Wales, houses a collection of early evolutionary plants.
These talks are part of the Growing the Future project and start at 12 noon in the Garden’s Theatr Botanica. For more information, call 01558 667149, email email@example.com or visit