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Tales from Modern Day Plant Hunters & Explorers

Thursday 22nd February 2018, 10.00am - 3.00pm, at Chichester College

Illustrated lectures by three modern day plant hunters and explorers.

Tickets £25 or £40 (including 2 course lunch) in advance only by telephone on 01243 813591 or email by clicking here.

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Tom Hart Dyke
Tom Hart Dyke

Three eminent plant hunters and explorers will be giving illustrated lectures to compliment the theme of the Cathedral's 2018 Festival of Flowers 'This Earthly Paradise'. 

Tom Hart Dyke Plant Hunter, Author & World Garden Curator.
Tom shot to international prominence in the year 2000, when he was kidnapped in the Columbian jungle on a plant hunting expedition that went dangerously wrong.  On the day the guerrillas told him he would die, he planned a world garden for his ancestral home Lullingstone Castle, Kent.  Since his release from captivity, Tom has been busy building the 'World' in his back garden at Lullingstone Castle.  Under the watchful eye of KEO Films/BBC, the man, known locally as 'The Plant Nut', has been filmed commandeering Granny's 18th Century Walled Garden, within the grounds of the Castle, to create his jungle dream.

Dr Martin Sheader South America Specialist
Martin is a Marine Biologist, recently retired from the National Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton.  Over the last three decades he has developed a passion for Patagonia and its distinctive flora.  He has visited the area may times, recording and photographing the spectacular landscape and its flowers, and is the lead author of an authoritative and comprehensive field guide: Flowers of the Patagonian Mountains.

Diane Clement Alpine Plant Specialist
Diane first visited the Alps 35 years ago and was captivated by the plants.  Since then, she has returned most years to study the plants growing there.  She has a great interest in the ecology of these plants and is fascinated by the adaptations they have developed to grow in challenging situations.  For the last 20 years, she has also been adapting her garden to try and grow these plants in her shady Midland location.  She is a keen member of the Alpine Garden Society and regularly exhibits and judges at Alpine Garden Society shows.  A passionate grower from seed, she is also Director of the AGS Seed Exchange (the biggest seed exchange in the world run by volunteers).


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