The Lecture Programme 2016-17
THURSDAYS at 7.30 pm in the Biological and Environmental Sciences Building
Zoology Lecture Theatre, Biological and Environmental Sciences Building (previously Zoology Building), Tillydrone Avenue ABERDEEN AB24 2TZ map Everyone welcome! FREE to Friends of the Cruickshank Botanic Garden. Non-members -donation at the door. Refreshments available in the foyer after the lecture at approximately 9pm.
The Lecture Programme is compiled by Clare and Ian Alexander. Save your Thursday evening on the second Thursday of the month from October to May for informed, colourful and inspiring talks!
Previous lectures available online
Martin Barker's lecture "The Science of Colour in the Garden" given to the Friends in January 2016.
Steve Woodward's January 2017 lecture on invasive pathogens: Listen online to Steve's lecture.
09 March 2017
PETTICOATS AND PLANTS: THE UNTOLD STORY OF SCOTLAND'S GARDENING WOMEN
Deborah Reid, Garden Historian
Scottish women gardeners have largely been omitted from garden history. Deborah looks at the contribution of nineteenth century Scottish gardening women who went beyond their garden gates and achieved within the wider public sphere of horticulture in Scotland.
13 April 2017
DESIGNS ON THE LANDSCAPE: RESEARCHING SCOTLAND'S GARDENS.
Marilyn Brown, Garden Archaeologist
Marilyn introduces historic gardens and designed landscapes in Scotland from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance with a discussion of their importance and the type of information that can be discovered about them through survey and documentary research. The lecture will include examples from monastic sites, palaces and the houses of the magnates as well as town gardens with particular reference to the gardens of the north-east of Scotland.
11 May 2017
The Noel Pritchard Memorial Lecture
THE ROMANTIC HERITAGE OF SCOTS ROSES
Peter Boyd, Shrewsbury (www.peterboyd.com)
The first 'coloured' variant of the native Rosa spinosissima was found in Scotland in the 17th century. By the early 19th century, hundreds of single, semi-double and double 'Scots Roses' had been raised in a wide range of colours. These charming roses became particularly popular in Britain and Nordic countries but went out of fashion by about 1840. However, iconic Scots Roses were carried across the world by Scottish and Nordic immigrants to North America, Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere. Their international heritage is now being re-discovered, but surviving old Scots Rose cultivars, and the habitats of wild Rosa spinosissima are under threat.