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Timothy Walker

2018 Show Judge, horticulturist, author and former director of Oxford Botanic Garden, Great Britain

Timothy Walker worked at the University of Oxford Botanic Garden & Harcourt Arboretum, firstly as General Foreman, then as Horti Praefectus (from 1988) and finally as Director (from 2002). He retired in 2014 and now lectures in Plant Sciences at Somerville College Oxford. In 2010 I was elected as a Fellow of the Linnaean Society of London. He is the author of Plant Conservation: Why it Matters and How it Works (Timber Press, 2013). Between 1992 & 2000 the Oxford Botanic Garden won 4 gold, 2 silver-gilt, and one silver medal at the Chelsea Flower Show London. In 2009 it was one of seven Oxford collections to be awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize. He was also the host of a 3-hour series for BBC4 Botany titled “A Blooming History” made by BBC Scotland.


Bordering on Insanity: Creating an All-Year-Round Border

Sometimes in a marriage of two avid and knowledgeable gardeners, it’s good to have “His” and Hers” gardens for the best harmony. This seminar looks exclusively at the herbaceous border in Timothy Walker’s wife’s garden, and covers the principles and practicalities to be adopted when trying to create a border that is interesting all-year-round. It concludes with a look at a collection of must-have plants for such a border.

 Wednesday, Feb 7 at 10:30 am / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow

The Subtle Art and Exact Science of Pruning

Do you shudder when you see a “square” shrub in your neighborhood? A well-pruned plant, allowed to grow and mature as it was meant, to be is a thing of beauty. For many people pruning is as bewildering as potions were to the young Harry Potter, but armed with Timothy Walker’s 10 principles you will never fear pruning again. In addition to these principles, Timothy will look at the various classes of pruning, with many examples of trees and shrubs commonly found in gardens.

Thursday, Feb 8 at 11:45 am / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow