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Tue 10th Oct

To mark 50 years of UNESCO World Heritage, The Gardens Trust are offering a 7 week series to celebrate some of the UK’s World Heritage landscapes. Week 5 Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Venue: Online talk via Zoom
Time: 10-11.30am (recorded session available for 1 week will be sent shortly afterwards)
Cost: Individiual sessions cost £5. Or you can purchase a ticket for the entire course of 7 sessions at £28.
Booking: Eventbrite book all seven sessions here or book Talk 5 Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew here.

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew tells the story of our relationship with plants, from innovative landscape design to global exploration, scientific endeavour and conservation action. The resulting rich and diverse cultural landscape is of national and international significance, spanning over 260 years. Kew Gardens was inscribed onto the World Heritage List in July 2003, acknowledging the value of its unique history, diverse historic landscape, rich architectural legacy, botanic collections and its position as one of the world’s leading botanic gardens for scientific research and education.

Since the botanic gardens were first established by Princess Augusta in 1759, the site and collections have continued to grow and evolve through the work of RBG Kew’s scientists, horticulturists, educators and many volunteers. Over this time, RBG Kew has remained faithful to its original purpose, with botanists continuing to collect specimens and exchange expertise internationally. RBG Kew’s landscape, buildings and plant collections combine to form a unique testimony to developments in garden design, horticulture and botanical science that have subsequently diffused around the world.

Georgina Darroch is Kew Gardens World Heritage Site Manager. Georgina has worked at Kew for 10 years, starting out as a student on the Kew Diploma in Horticulture before going on to work in Kew Science and then on several high-profile projects including the Hive and the Temperate House restoration. Georgina took on the management of Kew’s World Heritage Site responsibilities in 2019, leading the development of Kew’s current WHS Management Plan and engaging in several Planning Inquiries. Georgina has a background in archaeology and heritage management.

Simon Toomer is Kew Gardens Curator of Living Collections, a new role that he took on in 2022 to lead the delivery of Kew’s Living Collections Strategy and develop Kew’s Landscape Succession Plan. Simon has been a forester, arboriculturist and horticultural botanist with previous roles including Director of Westonbirt Arboretum, Senior Consultant for Plant Conservation with the National Trust and Chair of PlantNetwork, the primary support and advisory network for holders of living plant collections throughout Britain and Ireland. He is also the author of several books on topics about trees and plant collections, including Trees for the Small Garden (Timber Press, 2005) and Planting and Maintaining a Tree Collection (Timber Press, 2010).

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