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Ken Thompson – Whatever happened to Hebe?

October 21, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

“The effects of modern molecular methods on plant names and relationships”.

To us non-scientists, that basically means: “Why on earth do they keep changing the names of our garden plants?”.

This is an open lecture by Ken Thompson, a plant biologist with a keen interest in the science of gardening, and the ability to make it entertaining and understandable for amateur gardeners and botanists alike.

He writes and lectures extensively and has written several gardening and nature books, including “Compost and No Nettles Required”, “Where do Camels Belong? The story and science of invasive species”, “An Ear to the Ground: garden science for ordinary mortals”, “The Sceptical Gardener” and his latest book “Do We Need Pandas? The Uncomfortable Truth About Biodiversity”.

Ken is married with two children, and spent much of his working life lecturing on animal plant sciences at the University of Sheffield. He now lives in Devon where he enjoys gardening, walking, reading and supporting Plymouth Argyle football club.

Light refreshments will be available and a selection of bulbs will be available for sale, courtesy of Greenwold’s Plant Centre.

Entry is free for PH members, £6 for non-members.

Tickets are available online on the Eventbrite website.


Ponteland Memorial Hall
Darras Road
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE20 9NX
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