Joan Morgan - An iconic fruit: the Apple

Online | £7 | £28 for the series

The Winter Lectures 2022 will take place online via Zoom. Use the button below to register.


An iconic fruit: the Apple - a talk by Joan Morgan.

The apple is Britain’s iconic national fruit. A status that could be said to have been settled in 1883 at the National Apple Congress, when over 1,500 varieties of apple drawn from across the British Isles went on display, launching a ‘Fruit Crusade’ to rescue the apple from been buried under an avalanche of American imports. Then and subsequently the apple’s many dimensions of flavour, multiple uses as a dessert, culinary and cider fruit and adaptability to climates across the British Isles built its reputation and role as our iconic fruit. We are now in a new phase of pride in our apples marked by fruit societies and regional orchards almost everywhere. In this campaign our unrivalled National Fruit Collection in Kent, not only conserves the apple’s diversity, but also acts as the mother orchard to a renaissance which has also inspired the rediscovery of the classics of pomology, such as, Hogg and Bunyard. 

Joan Morgan is a renowned pomologist and fruit historian. She is  author of The Book of Pears, 2015, Ebury Press; author with Alison Richards of The Book of Apples, 1993, The New Book of Apples, 2002, Ebury Press and A Paradise out of a Common Field, the pleasures and plenty of the Victorian garden, 1990, Random Century Group; contributor to The Downright Epicure, Essays on Edward Bunyard, 2007, editor Edward Wilson, Prospect Books.


Winter Lecture series 2022: 

Join us on Thursdays throughout January, February and March for our Winter Lecture series. 

  • 20 Jan 2022 | 7pm Isabella Tree Conservationist and author of Wilding – the Return of Nature to a British Farm
  • 3 Feb 2022 | 7pm Richard Deverell Director, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • 17 Feb 2022 | 7pm Rosie Atkins Founding Editor of Gardens Illustrated magazine
  • 3 Mar 2022 | 7pm Andy Sturgeon Internationally renowned garden designer and winner of Best Show Garden at Chelsea Flower Show 2019
  • 17 Mar 2022 | 7pm Joan Morgan Renowned pomologist and fruit historian