We are delighted, in our 50th Anniversary year, to welcome Roy Lancaster to Ashwood. Roy will give a fascinating and beautifully illustrated lecture ‘My life with plants’ based on his new book of the same title.
Roy Lancaster CBE VMH is a respected plantsman, plant explorer, broadcaster, writer ….and national treasure. Formerly the first curator of Hillier Arboretum, he is a long-serving member of RHS committees and President of the Hardy Plant Society. He has introduced a wide range of plants into cultivation and has received numerous awards for his contribution to horticulture including the Veitch Memorial Medal in 1972 and the prestigious Victoria Medal of Honour in 1989.
This lecture is a unique opportunity to hear about Roy’s latest book ‘My life with plants’* Roy is well known for his wonderful anecdotes about the many countries he has visited in search of plants, giving a tantalising glimpse of their fascinating wildlife and diverse cultures. He reveals some of the colourful characters he’s met and the plants that he’s discovered on his travels.
His vast plant knowledge and love of the natural world, together with an acute sense of life’s comic moments, will guarantee to both educate and entertain his audience.
There will be a book signing by Roy immediately after the lecture and an opportunity to meet Roy in John’s Garden during the afternoon.
*(publication date March 2017)