June 17th (Saturday) The Plant Hunters - based in Oxford

posted 4 Jan 2016, 04:45 by Patrick Harding   [ updated 26 Dec 2016, 03:13 ]
A day school at Rewley House for Oxford University.

A voyage through 400 years of plant hunting from many different parts of the world. Starting with the father and son team of the John Tradescants we will move on to Joseph Banks who apart from his world voyage laid the ground work for Kew Gardens, development continued by another father and son team - William and Joseph Hooker. David Douglas led the way for introductions in the early 19th century from the west coast of North America and the opening up of China and neighbouring countries brought new delights and commercial crops by way of Robert Fortune, Ernest Wilson and others. The course will look at the people, their expeditions and how these were influenced by politics and trade. Most of all we will look at the huge range of garden plants introduced by the intrepid plant hunters.

More details and booking  www.conted.ox.ac.uk    phone 01865 270 368         50% booked up by early January