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What is a Botanic Garden?

Sunday 08 January 2017 14:30 - Sunday 08 January 2017 16:00

There are now currently 1775 botanic gardens in 148 countries around the world with many more under construction or being planned.  What are they? How does a botanic garden differ from any other garden or park?

The world's first botanic gardens were the physic gardens of Italy in the 16th and 17th centuries. The first of these physic gardens was the garden of the University of Pisa created in 1543. These gardens were purely for the study of medicinal plants.  In the last 30 years botanic gardens have seen a revival as scientific institutions due to the emergence of the conservation movement and increasingly rapid decline of plant species around the world.

This talk will look at the science, education and conservation work in botanic gardens around the world, and will look at how botanic gardens are as relevant to modern life more than they have ever been, despite the many pressures they all face.

About the speaker: Tim Baxter is the lead Botantist at Ness Botanic Gardens.


Who is it suitable for?


What does it cost?

Nothing - its free.

Do I need to book?

No - just turn up on the day


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Organised By the Friends of Ness Gardens



Venue Details

Lecture Theatre