Rosie Atkins - Botanic Gardens: early plant pioneers to the modern day

Online | £7 | £28 for the series

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Botanic Gardens: early plant pioneers to the modern day - a talk by Rosie Atkins

Botanic Gardens and arboreta around the world currently attract around 500 million visitors a year. In her talk, Rosie Atkins will introduce you to some early plant pioneers and as well as those who continue to contribute to our understanding of the botanical sciences in more unusual ways. With many new botanic gardens being planned and constructed she hopes they will be more than just visitor attractions.

Rosie Atkins FLS was Curator of Chelsea Physic Garden for 9 years until 2010, when she was elected to the Council of the Royal Horticultural Society where she is now a Vice President. She is Chairman Emeritus of the RHS Woody Plant Committee and a Trustee of Great Dixter Charitable Trust (2008-). She was the first chairman of London Gardens Network and has served on Council of the Linnean Society of London, the English Heritage Garden Panel, Professional Gardeners' Trust and is a Vice President of the Metropolitan Public Gardens Association. She started her journalistic career at The Sunday Times and went on to launch and edit the award-winning Gardens Illustrated.


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 at Brogdale Collections