Skip to content

The Broadbent Lecture 2016: Wild about Perennials with Noel Kingsbury

Sunday 27 November 2016 14:00 - Sunday 27 November 2016 16:00

You are invited to an inspiring lecture with Dr Noel Kingsbury, internationally acclaimed writer and teacher, who has spent the last twenty years researching herbaceous perennial and their use in garden design.

The lecture looks at naturalistic planting design and the use of herbaceous perennials to create stunning and sustainable plantings. Naturalistic planting is inherently low maintenance, encourages wildlife as well as looking stunning.  It is now becoming far better known in the public sphere with a stream of public projects like the High Line in New York, the Olympic Park in London and Trentham in Staffordshire.

About the speaker: Dr. Noel Kingsbury's discovery of naturalistic planting schemes in Germany and Holland in the 1990s led to an enthusiastic promotion of naturalistic planting in British gardens. He can be largely credited with introducing renowned Dutch designer Piet Oudolf to the English speaking world.

A great believer in using science to inform gardening, he has worked on both private gardens and public spaces developing nature inspired planting based on strong ecological principles. Noel has written and contributed to some 20 titles about garden design, green roofs and the politics of gardening, collaborating with Piet on four books, including the widely acclaimed Planting: A New Perspective.

About Professor Leonard Broadbent. The lecture's namesake, Professor Leonard Broadbent, who died in 2002, was a plant scientist and Professor in Biology at the University of Bath. He was a powerful advocate for horticultural science and education. The RHS awarded him the Victoria Medal of Honour in 1980 for outstanding services to horticulture. The Lecture was created to created to highlight important and inspiring topics in Horticulture. 


Who is it suitable for?

16yrs +

What does it cost?

£8 (£6 Friends, CIH Members & University of Liverpool staff , Students £4).

How do I buy a ticket or find out more?

Tickets are available to book online here or can be brought on entry to the lecture

Contact Andy Lambie on or t. 07854 809849 for further details.


 Chartered IoH

 Organised by the Chartered Institute of Horticulture

Venue Details

The Lecture Theatre