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Jarvis Lecture by Tony Kirkham, Kew Gardens (Central Library)

Lecture title: "Kew Gardens, The Trees and the Crown." Tony Kirkham is Head of the Arboretum, Gardens and Horticultural Services, Royal Botanic Gardens, London, England, where he cares for and develops the collections of over 14,000 temperate trees amongst many other duties. Tony began working with trees as a forestry apprentice in Surrey, Southern England and then as a commercial tree surgeon in West Germany. He earned a Diploma in Horticulture from the Royal Botanic Gardens and then spent the next 36 years of his life working there. Since the destruction of many of Kew's oldest trees in a storm in 1987, he has spearheaded the restocking of the collection, in some instances using seeds collected on his many expeditions to China, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, and Russia. In 2009 he was awarded the Associate of Honour by the Royal Horticultural Society for his services to horticulture and was made an honorary lifetime fellow of the Arboricultural Association in 2015.

The Jarvis Lecture Series is a free public lecture offered at once a year on topics related to the Halifax Public Gardens to increase the knowledge of the Gardens, its purpose, assets and its relationship to the community. The series is named for the late Mary Margaret Jarvis, a benefactor of The Friends of the Public Gardens.

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Earlier Event: June 28
Walking Tour
Later Event: June 29
Story Time