The programme of virtual events has three main categories:
In addition, there will also be two other types of events:
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The RCM group is very excited to bring you a talk by Trevor Nicholson, Head Gardener at Harwood’s Himalayan Garden, which is situated in a sunken glade below ‘Capability’ Brown’s 32-acre lake at Harewood in West Yorkshire.
The Garden was laid out in the early 1930s at the request of HRH Princess Mary and her husband the 6th Earl of Harewood. Both were interested in Himalayan plants – rhododendrons and Asiatic primulas in particular. Falling into decline during World War II, the former Rock Garden has seen a major transformation over the past twenty years. Now renamed the Himalayan Garden, as well as its collection of Himalayan plants, it also contains a unique Stupa built by Bhutanese monks - just part of the fascinating journey Head Gardener Trevor Nicholson has overseen at Harwood over the past 27 years.
Join us on Saturday 19th March to hear about the Garden’s revival as Trevor takes us on that journey. Sharing his knowledge of the history of the Harewood Himalayan Garden and the people who created it. We will discover the transformation of the garden, the development of its wonderful plant collection, and Trevor’s travels to China, Nepal and Bhutan to study the plants in their native habitats. It’s going to be a wonderful experience, we can’t wait to see you then!
We are very happy to welcome once again, the delightful plantswoman, Rosemary Legrand, for the first of our 2022 online talks for the Expeditions Series. Join Rosemary as she treks through the unique country of Bhutan, high in the Himalayas, for an opportunity to delight in both the fascinating culture and the amazing native plants she experienced, growing in this rare habitat.
Books mentioned by Rosemary in her talk
‘Bhutan’ by Francoise Pommaret
Timeless Books ISBN 10:962-217-702-6
‘A Portrait of Bhutan’ by Ashi Dorj Wangmo Wangchuck. Queen of Bhutan
ISBN 13: 978-0-67099-901-9
ISBN 10: 0-67099-901-6
Flowers of the Himalaya
by Oleg Polunin and Adam Stainton
Oxford University Press
ISBN 10: 0192176234 / ISBN 13: 9780192176233
Bhutan – Land of the Thunder Dragon
by Freda Ferne
In his lecture Rama will talk about his trips to Taiwan, Japan & Korea looking for Rhododendrons in the high mountains of these fascinating and diverse countries in the Western Pacific. Rama will have a special focus on his searches for R. yakushimanum and R. pachysanthum through often highly challenging and remote trips to their known, and lesser known locations in the wild.
Rama Lopez-Rivera has been working as a horticulturist for 18 years, spending time in leading gardens in the United Kingdom, United States and beyond. He is chair of the International Branch of the RHS Rhododendron, Camellia and Magnolia Group. With a particular passion for the peoples, cultures and plants of the Far East, he has traveled extensively in the region searching for plants in Asia's wild places.