Winter Lecture 2023: 'Chasing Plants'

Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum's Winter Lectures are back for 2023, with five thought-provoking expert talks.

Second in the series is botanist, botanical artist and author Dr Chris Thorogood. The talk will be held in person at the Maths Institute, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter and tickets include a complimentary drink after the event. Doors open at 6.40pm, with the talk starting promptly at 7.00pm.

In his talk, Chris will bring his botanical excursions to life. His intrepid adventures across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia has taken him over death-defying paths over cliffs, up erupting volcanoes, through typhoons and out into the very heart of the world's vast, green wilderness. Along the way, he's encountered pitcher plants, irises and orchids or unimaginable beauty. Chris will bring these adventures to life with his paintings, sharing his hair-raising excursions and explaining the vital work he and the team at OBGA are doing to protect the world's plants. 

Dr Chris Thorogood is Deputy Director and Head of Science of the University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum. His research focuses on the evolution, conservation and biomimetic applications of plants. He is a wildlife artist, botanical illustrator and best-selling author of specialist field guides and popular books.

The Winter Lecture series runs from January 19th - March 9th 2023:

  • Thursday 19th January, Sarah Eberle, 'Design for Impact at RHS Chelsea Flower Show'
  • Thursday 2nd February, Chris Thorogood, 'Chasing Plants'
  • Thursday 16th February, surprise Special Guest to be announced
  • Thursday 2nd March, Dave Goulson, 'Silent Earth: Saving our Insects'
  • Thursday 9th March, 'Naoko Abe, 'Saving the Blossom: 'Cherry' Ingram and his rich legacy'