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A Life with Plants: Tales from the Queen’s Botanist

Schedule and Location

(Registration is now closed) Friday, October 28, 2016 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Cudahy Room, Administration and Research Center

Fees and Registration

$0.00 member
$0.00 nonmember

Free. Please register in advance, as space is limited.

Normal admission fees apply for nonmembers.

Course Description

A man (Stephen Blackmore) sitting among moss and purple flowers is smiling and holding a plant.Explore the profound importance of plants in our lives and their essential role for life on earth through an autobiographical account by Stephen Blackmore, Queen’s Botanist, and Chairman of Botanic Gardens Conservation International.  Based on his professional and personal experiences, travels, and adventures, Professor Blackmore will talk about his lifelong passion for plants, his career as a botanist, and his field work in Africa, Central America, and China.  He will provide insights into the biodiversity crisis, threats to plants, and the need to act now to protect plants as the foundation on which all life depends.  The Morton Arboretum partners with Botanic Gardens Conservation International on global tree conservation leadership and programs.  This presentation is an excellent opportunity to learn about international plant conservation activities in the community of botanical gardens, and how the success of these efforts contributes significantly to quality of life in the future. Coffee and tea will be served.

Stephen Blackmore has been fascinated by plants since he was a schoolboy in the 1960s amid the Chinese flora in Hong Kong.  He went on to study botany and obtain his bachelor’s and doctorate degrees at the University of Reading in England.  After working at the Aldabra Research Station on an Indian Ocean atoll and at the University of Malawi herbarium and botanic garden in Africa, he joined the Natural History Museum in London, becoming Keeper of Botany.  Moving on to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, he became Regius Keeper, or Director, as granted by the Queen.  He was appointed Queen’s Botanist in 2010.  Currently, he is Chairman of the Board of Botanic Gardens Conservation International, the world’s largest plant conservation network.  He also chairs the Darwin Initiative, a UK effort supporting biodiversity projects in 159 countries.  He holds honorary Professorships at the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow and at the Kunming Institute of Botany.  His achievements have been recognized by the highest awards of the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society (Scottish Horticultural Medal), Royal Horticultural Society (Victoria Medal of Honour), and  Linnean Society (The Linnean Medal).Instructor: Stephen Blackmore

Instructor: Stephen Blackmore
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