historic gardens

The origin of plants

Thursday 14 June 2018


The course

Find out about to introduction of plants from Charlemagne’s time through the era of John Evelyn and Linnaeus up to the 1973 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. A lecture-based day with visits to the Museum gardens.

The tutor

Maggie Campbell-Culver is a garden and plant historian, and a Fellow of The Linnaean Society of London. She has worked on a number of gardens in Sussex and Cornwall, and was the Garden Conservationist at Fishbourne Roman Palace near Chichester. In September 2001, she published The Origin of Plants, a chronology of the plants introduced to Britain, and the people who have shaped Britain’s garden history from the earliest times. The book was short-listed for a Guild of Garden Writers Award. Campbell-Culver was one of the editors for the 2006 edition of The Oxford Companion to the Garden and has contributed to the Insight Guide Great Gardens of Britain and Ireland . She is a contributor to English Heritage Handbook on Management of Historic Parks, Gardens and Landscapes. She is a frequent contributor to the Eden Project Friends magazine, and has had articles published in Country Life , The Tablet, The Countryman as well as the French magazine Britmag. A Passion for Trees, the Legacy of John Evelyn is her second book and was published in 2006.

Participant information

The course includes a visit to the Museum’s historic gardens so you will need to bring suitable outdoor clothing.


£60 per person, including tuition, teas and coffees and entry to the Museum. Vegetarian refreshments will be provided, if you have any other dietary requirements please let us know in advance.


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