Wakehurst gardens.

Silk Road Steppes, Gondwana Landscapes and Woodland of the World: the wild and designed at Wakehurst (Ticketed)

Thursday 13 July 2017
Talk begins at 6.30. Refreshments from 6pm.

The talk

Wakehurst is Kew’s wild botanic garden: 535 acres of woodland, meadows and water, complementing fine ornamental horticulture. The Great Storm of 1987 was a dramatic moment in our history, but one we turned to our advantage, laying out epic temperate woodlands of the world, evoking the sensations of exploring the forests of Asia, North America and the Southern Hemisphere. Ed will share Wakehurst’s special places and how they’re managed, reflecting on the impact of the storm. He’ll then look forwards, sharing concepts for new designed landscape recreating the rhythms of Asian and Southern Hemisphere steppes, meadows and grasslands.

The speaker

Ed Ikin works for RBG Kew as Wakehurst Head of Landscape and Horticulture, curating their 535-acre wild botanic garden in West Sussex. He previously worked for National Trust as General Manager for Morden Hall Park and Rainham Hall, and Head Gardener for Nymans. Ed is Chair of Trustees for London Parks & Gardens Trust and a member of Open Garden Squares Weekend organising committee

Participant information

Upon arrival please come to the main museum entrance, where you will be directed to the talk location.

Talks start at 6.30pm, last for about 1-1½ hours. There will be tea, coffee & cake available between 6.00pm-6.30pm. If you have any dietary requirements please let us know in advance.


£14 per person, £10 for Museum Members, £5 for Weald & Downland Museum volunteers.

Please note Members and volunteer discounts are applicable using a code which you may enter at point of checkout. You may be asked for proof of status before being admitted so please bring your Museum badge or Membership number with you.



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