Garden Museum new exhibition explores plant hunters

The Garden Museum's new exhibition The Plant Seekers, has opened to the public until 21st October.

The stories of some of history’s most fanatical plant-hunting adventurers are brought to life in the exhibition. This is also the museum's first exhibition in partnership with the RHS.

The exhibition of material from the RHS Lindley Library, will tell the story of many of history’s most important plant collectors who travelled the globe and overcame life-threatening situations to transform our landscapes and grow our knowledge about plants and horticulture.

This unique exhibition will demonstrate how international plant hunting has influenced modern British gardens. The exhibition will also show the wider impact of plant collecting on our world, from its influence
in medicine and science, to the role it has played in biodiversity and other environmental issues.

Most of the artefacts on display will have never been seen before by the general public.
This exhibition is made possible through the kind support of Simon and Emma Keswick

Members of the RHS with a valid membership card will receive half price entry to the exhibition

In support of the Plant Seekers Exhibition the museum will be running two symposia this autumn. Each event runs from 10am to 5pm and the prices include refreshments and lunch.

Event details:

Symposium - Plant Hunting in the 21st Century

Monday 1st October 10am - 4.30pm

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.
Tickets £70; Museum Friends, Full-time students and Members of the RHS £50

Click here to book a place online. Alternatively you can call the Museum on the number below to arrange your booking.

Symposium on Natives and Aliens: Ethnicity in the Garden

Monday 15th October 10am - 5pm

Gardening is central to English and British national identity. So how is the gardening scene changing in an increasingly ethnically-diverse society? What about the people who garden in this country? Is gardening a predominantly ‘white’ activity? How open is our garden culture to ‘foreign’ influences? What impact do different cultural attitudes to gardening have on the landscape in our multi-ethnic society? Is there any significance in the parallels between the discussion surrounding ‘native’, ‘alien’ and ‘invasive’ species in the UK garden with the discourse about asylum and immigration in the popular press?

This symposium seeks to explore these questions and more to encourage more debate about ethnicity and garden culture in the UK.

Speakers Noel Kingsbury, Claire Rishbeth, Dominique Heyse-Moore (other speakers to be confirmed)
Tickets £50, Museum Friends £40, Full-time students £20

Click here to book a place online. Alternatively you can call the Museum on the number below to arrange your booking.

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