“Why would a man hack his way into the
Amazon jungle …. in search of a new colour of Orchid
for a back garden in Surrey

(Michael Palin: 2012)

This talk takes a look at:

This talk explores the development of plant hunting through history, including accidental discoveries, self-funded amateur expeditions and professional plant hunting for commercial gain. The specifics of some of the trials and tribulations faced by a group of selected individuals, including an artistic, eccentric Victorian spinster will be reviewed and will conclude with a look at some of the plant introductions we would prefer had been left in situ. The talk lasts between 50 – 60 minutes depending on the amount of questions asked and is a new talk for gardening groups and societies.

I think your new talk on Plant Hunters would be
very interesting to our members : East Mendip
have highly recommended you

(Wells Gardening Club, Somerset)

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