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Plant hunting in the 17th & 18th Centuries
Wed 11 January 2017, 19:45 – 22:00 GMT
TGS is delighted to welcome Dr Mark Spencer, Senior Curator at the Natural History Museum London and Fellow of the Linnean Society, to give a talk on plant hunting and plant hunters in 17th and 18th century Europe. Dr Spencer has appeared on many tv and radio programmes including Countryfile, The Infinite Monkey Cage and Nature’s Weirdest Events. His interests are wide ranging, including the flora of the Scilly Isles, water moulds, non-native species, forensic botany, and the effects of climate change on the living world.
In January his talk will focus on his special interest in the history of gardening. Mark will cover how the communications networks of the day (particularly those provided by the activities of the Dutch East Indies Company) influenced what we grow in our gardens today – including our many plants from Japan, China, S Africa and N America.
The presentation will be given in the Main Hall of the Barbour Institute at 7.45pm on Wednesday January11 2016.
Members of TGS and TWiG have free admission; for members of the public there is a charge of £3 payable on the door; however tickets must be reserved in advance (including TGS/ TWiG members).
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
No. The talk will be suitable for anyone old enough to be still awake at that time of night!
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
There is no public transport in the evenings. The Barbour Institute has a small car park in the field between the Hall and the War Memorial. Street parking is available on the High Street, but we ask that you respect our neighbours and park considerately. There is further off-street parking behind the Hall and off the High Street behind the village shops.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?