Adventures with a Modern Day Plant Hunter: Roy Lancaster

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23 June 2010

Roy Lancaster will be at The Lost Gardens of Heligan on Wednesday 23rd June.

ADVENTURES WITH A MODERN DAY PLANT HUNTER: ROY LANCASTER

Roy Lancaster will be at The Lost Gardens of Heligan on Wednesday 23rd June, taking an exploration through the historic plantings of the Northern Gardens, officially opening the Heligan Plant Centre and offering an evening talk, focusing on his work as a modern day plant hunter.

Northern Gardens Exploration ~ 11:30am to 1pm
Enjoy a walk and talk around the Northern Gardens at Heligan with plantsman and celebrity gardener Roy Lancaster. Roy will lead you on a journey around some of the fascinating original Heligan Survivor specimens, which were revealed during the gardens discovery in 1990. Learn about the stories behind these historic plants and the adventurous plant hunters who secured their discovery and introduction with Roy, a modern day plant hunter.

Tickets at £20 include garden admission and are available from the Heligan Reception, Tel: 01726 845100. A limited number of tickets are available so please book early to avoid disappointment.

New Heligan Plant Centre Official Opening ~ 2pm
Roy Lancaster will be officially opening the new Heligan Plant Centre.

The new look Plant Centre is stocked with a wide variety of high quality plants, carefully nurtured in the Heligan Nursery. A fine selection of shrubs, perennials, alpines and exotica are on offer, reflecting those seen within The Lost Gardens, as well as some more unusual collections.
The ‘Heritage Collection' features Camellias and Rhododendrons from Heligan's National Collection. These incredibly special and unique plants have been propagated from the Heligan specimens, many of which are over 100 years old.
The Plant Centre also stocks a range of alpines from the Stella Rankin collection, introduced by the collections namesake, another modern day plant hunter. Many of these plants are very rare and some have so newly been introduced, they have yet to flower in this country.
The ‘Heligan Survivors Collection' is inspired by those plants which were revealed during the gardens discovery, flourishing amid the gardens dereliction. The ‘Heligan Survivors Collection' includes many iconic Heligan plants such as Tree Ferns, (Dicksonia antarctica), Chusan Palms, (Trachycarpus fortunei) and the Himalayan Strawberry Tree, (Cornus capitata).

Everyone can enjoy free entry to the Heligan Plant Centre, Shop and Tearoom all year round.

The China Collection: An Evening with Roy Lancaster ~ 7pm to 9pm
During this intimate talk, given by Roy Lancaster, you will hear the enthralling stories behind Roy's adventures as a modern day plant hunter through China. Discover what is at the heart of Roy's passion for plant exploration, be enthralled by the knowledge of this horticultural master and hear about adventures across the world, to uncover new plant varieties.
The evening will finish with your own personal gardener's question time as Roy offers you the chance to pose your questions.

Tickets at £20 are available from the Heligan Reception, Tel: 01726 845100
A limited number of tickets are available so please book early to avoid disappointment.