The director of the University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum will be giving the next horticulture lecture at Writtle College.
Timothy Walker will visit the College on 4 March and will speak about the role of the botanic gardens in plant conservation in the penultimate talk in this year’s James Hearsum Lecture Series.
He joined the University of Oxford Botanic Garden in 1980 as a trainee gardener and he is now the director or Horti Praefectus.
He said: "My post involves a mixture of teaching, administration, begging and curating the NCCPG (National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens) national collection of euphorbias but no gardening - this happens at weekends in my wife’s garden if allowed.
"It will be lovely to return to East Anglia because Essex is the homeland of my maternal genes and it seems that horticultural hearts beat just a bit harder east of the M11."
Between 1992 and 2000 the University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum won four gold, two silver-gilt, and one silver medal at the Chelsea Flower Show London. In 2009 it was one of seven Oxford collections to be awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize.
The University’s museums, libraries and archives are an exceptional resource, accessed by more than two million people each year. Some of its horticultural resources are being taken out to schools, shopping centres and other public places in the area, in an educational programme involving seven institutions.
Brainchild of former horticulture student James Hearsum, the lecture series is now in its ninth year. The series will close with Troy Scott-Smith, Head Gardener at Sissinghurst Castle, Kent, who will talk about his first year in post, on 6 May.
All the lectures in the series - entitled Plants, People and Places - start at 7.30pm in the Northumberland Lecture Theatre at the College. Tickets and further details are available from the Writtle College Students’ Union or via Greg Allen on 01245 424200 or firstname.lastname@example.org