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The Broadbent Lecture 2014

09 November 2014 14:30 - 09 November 2014 16:00

Broadbent LectureThe Broadbent lecture is held annually to comentrate Professor Leonard Broadbent OBE CBE VMH (1916-2002), a leading figure in horticultural science and education.

Alpine Patronage: the influence of A.K Bulley

A wealthy cotton broker, Arthur Kilpin Bulley had a passion for plants. A passion which led him to create the gardens, now known as Ness Botanic Gardens and introduce many rare species of plants from around the world.  Many of these rare plants have now become today's common garden varieties.

This talk examines the influence Bulley had on cultivation of alpines in the UK, one of his particular interests.  This influence extended to funding plant hunting expeditions which introduced many new plants (not just alpines), the spread of these new plants to a mass audience through his company Bees Seeds and his less popular attempt to plant alpines on Snowdonia.

About the speaker: Peter Cunnington MBE trained at Wisley and specialises in alpines. His plant hunting expeditions have taken him to America, China, the Himalayas and Europe. He was Curator of Ness Botanic Gardens from 1989, until his retirement in 2002. He is a trustee of the Merlin Trust, awarding grants to young horticulturalists, Secretary of Wirral & West Cheshire Alpine Society Group and regularly leads botanical tours in the in the mountains of Europe, Central Asia and China.


Who is it suitable for?

16 +

What does it cost?

£5 (£4 Friends of Ness gardens & CIHort members)

How do I buy a ticket?

Ask at the Gardens admission desk or by contacting Sue Nicholas on 0151 3367143

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Venue Details

Lecture Theatre

For tickets call 0845 0304063