History seminars at the IHR

History of Gardens and Landscapes

Convenors: Michael Ann Mullen, Christine Lalumia (Sotheby's Institute of Art & UCL), Dr David Marsh, Stephen Smith

For enquiries email: ihrgardenhistory@gmail.com

Venue:  Wolfson Room NB01, Basement, IHR, North block, Senate House unless otherwise stated

Time:  Thursdays, 6:00pm

Spring Term 2016: Plant introduction: Perspectives on their importation and survival

Spring Term 2016
DateSeminar details
7 January Assessing the heritage significance of plants in cultivation in botanic and historic gardens

Pam Smith (National Trust)


21 January Seeds of civilization? The flora and fauna of Roman Britain and the post-Roman legacy

Robert Witcher (University of Durham)


4 February What is a native?

Panel Discussion,

Letta Jones, lecturer in horticulture and garden history, Green Flag & Heritage Awards judge
Peter Sibley,  ecologist, educator, former parks manager, Green Flag and Heritage Awards judge
Stephen Smith gardener, garden conservator, historian and educator

‘Are current notions privileging native plant species, combined with an increasingly ecological approach to historic gardens and landscapes, threatening collections rich in exotic species, some of which have been here for centuries'


18 February The Tuberose: the history of its arrival in Europe

Dr Sally Jeffery and Catherine Davis (Independent Scholars)


3 March Loddiges of Hackney and the introduction of hundreds of trees, shrubs and garden flowers from across the world

David Solman (Independent Scholar)


17 March From the Gardens of China: Joseph Banks and the Royal Gardens, Kew, 1780-1820

Jordan Goodman

Venue: Athlone Room 102, 1st floor, South block, Senate House