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Plant hunting in Eastern Anatolia – Timothy Walker – Lecture

Thursday 19 September 2019 at 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Timothy joined the staff of the University of Oxford Botanic Garden in 1980 as a trainee gardener and in 1988 became the Horti Praefectus (director), a post that he held for 26 years until July 2014. He now lectures in plant sciences at Somerville College Oxford. In May 2011 he presented a BBC4 series on the history of botany. He has travelled widely in the UK and Europe, and further afield in search of plants. In addition to working in his own garden, his particular interests are euphorbias, plant conservation, and explaining why plants are fascinating and important.

The flora of Turkey is vast, numbering many thousands of species. This talk concentrates on the north-eastern corner of the country where many of our common garden plants come from as well as many choice alpine species. It takes the form of a travelogue covering some 2,000 miles visiting the Pontic Mountains, the plain of Erzurum and the foothills of Mount Ararat amongst other places of outstanding beauty.

Photographs by Timothy Walker.


This lecture is organised by the Friends of the University of Bristol Botanic Garden.


The usual venue for the Friends’ lecture is being refurbished and so please note that this lecture will take place in the Mott Theatre, which is situated in the same building but is not accessible through the main entrance on Tyndall Avenue. Please see directions and map below. Parking available in University car parks as usual.

We hope that the works will be complete and that our October lecture will be back in the Frank Theatre but we will confirm this nearer the date.

All lectures start at 7.30pm (except in March when the lecture follows the AGM) and are free to Friends on production of their membership card; guests will be asked for a donation (suggested £5). Attendees can use any University car park: the nearest are in University Walk and The Hawthorns.

Disabled access: The University will make every effort to provide disabled access where possible. Disabled parking is available and wheelchair access is by the ramp at the side of the main steps. If you require support due to a disability please email Sally Meadows:


The Mott lecture theatre is on the ground floor of the physics building, is wheelchair accessible and has a hearing loop.
Walk through Royal Fort Gardens and enter the Physics building via the rear entrance (see map), turn left, through the double doors and the lecture theatre is on your right, just past the toilets.
You cannot get through to the back of the physics building from the front entrance.



Thursday 19 September 2019
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
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Friends of the Garden


The Mott Theatre, Wills Physics Laboratory
University of Bristol, Tyndall Avenue
Bristol, BS8 1TL United Kingdom
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