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22Apr 2017

Lecture | Roy Lancaster CBE VMH | ‘My life with plants’

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 in China with a mahonia which is to be named after him

Roy in China with a mahonia which is to be named after him

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.

The ticket price includes admission to John’s Garden, the magnificent private garden of nursery owner John Massey (this is a garden open day) read more

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.

Roy Lancaster: My life with plants (front cover)

Roy Lancaster: My life with plants (front cover)

*(publication date March 2017)

Essential Information
  • Date: Saturday, April 22nd (SORRY THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT)
  • Commencing at 10.45am
  • Lecture duration 60-75mins
  • Essential to book in advance – (Seating is strictly limited)
  • Reserve your tickets by telephone (01384 401996) or in person at the nursery.
  • Ticket cost: £25.00
  • Price includes admission to John’s Garden (this is a garden open day)
  • Half of the lecture ticket price will be donated to our Charity of the Year
  • Lecture Ticket Holders should meet at the entrance to the garden at 10.30am
  • Refreshments may be purchased in our Tea Room