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Ness Botanic Gardens announce two special guest lecturers this spring

Ness Botanic Gardens, part of the University of Liverpool, have today announced they will host two special lectures this March as part of the Gardens Annual Lecture Programme.

The first will be delivered by Professor Nigel Dunnet on Thursday 6th March at Ness Gardens. A leading researcher in the field of sustainable landscape design and who with colleague James Hitchmough was responsible for creating the largest area of annual and perennial meadow landscapes to date in this country, at the London Olympic Park. Professor Dunnett will talk about the new horticultural agenda - Water, Wildlife, Well-being, Beauty and Biodiversity.

The second lecture will be given by TV presenter, writer, and panellist on BBC Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time, Matthew Biggs on Sunday 9th March.  Matthew will talk about 'The Lobb Brothers - Plant Hunters Extraordinaire'. William and Thomas Lobb were responsible for over 1200 plant introductions during the 19th century from the Americas and Far East. They were arguably two of the finest but least-known of plant collectors who gave gardeners some of the most remarkable trees and loveliest plants ever grown.

Refreshments are included in the ticket price of £6 for Friends and £8 for non-Friends. Matthew will be available at the end for a short Q & A with attendees. This lecture will be popular so book your tickets soon either in person at the Visitor Centre or by phone.

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For more information or images please contact Jen Lemon on 0845 0304063 Ext 242 or e. jenlemon@liv.ac.uk

About Ness Gardens: The Gardens were created in 1898 by Arthur Kilpin Bulley, a wealthy cotton broker from Liverpool. Passionate about plants, he funded various plant hunting expeditions to the Far East.  He established the renowned Bees Seeds company, introducing many new plants still grown across the UK today. The Gardens were donated to the University of Liverpool in 1948 by Bulley's daughter who developed Ness as a Botanic Gardens focusing on scientific collections, research, education and ornamental displays.  Today the Gardens attract over 60,000 visitors a year, contain award winning gardens and hold internationally important collection of plants.