Autumn Lecture Thursday 18th October 2016

Harcourt Arboretum
The Harcourt Arboretum –
One of Oxfordshire’s Brightest Botanical Jewels

The Berkshire Gardens Trust’s Autumn Lecture
Tuesday 18th October 2016

This year our autumn lecture was given by Timothy Walker. After gaining a degree in botany at Oxford University, he trained in the Oxford Botanic Garden, the Savill Garden and at Kew Garden. During his period as Head Gardener at the Oxford Botanic Garden, it won 4 gold medals, 2 silver-gilts and a silver at Chelsea; and from 2002 to 2014 he was the Director of the Botanic Garden and of Harcourt Arboretum. He is a research lecturer on the Biological Sciences Course at Oxford University. He was awarded a Master of Horticulture by the RHS in 1995 and was elected a Fellow of the Linnaean Society of London in 2010.

The Harcourt Arboretum was founded in 1835 when the Harcourt family started to collect the wonderful conifers that were being introduced into this country from North America. The soil at the Arboretum is acid (very rare in Oxfordshire) and so, in addition to the mature conifers, the Arboretum houses a fine collection of rhododendrons and other calcifuge plants. It was annexed to the University of Oxford Botanic Garden in 1963 and this talk looked at the 180 year history of the site plus a ‘walk around’ the 130-acre Arboretum. The Berkshire Gardens Trust is planning to visit Harcourt Arboretum next Spring.

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