7pm - 8pm. No booking required
Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Entry is via the rear of the museum.
Illustrated talk by Professor John Richards (Emeritus Professor of Botany at University of Newcastle) about his visits to explore the plants of Sichuan.
The mystical mountains of western China are home to the richest temperate flora in the world with remarkable numbers of species of Clematis, Gentiana, Primula, Rhododendron as well as hundreds of orchids, poppies, camellias and peonies. Professor Richards has visited on three occasions to study this flora, most recently in 2011 to Sichuan.
Professor Richards is Emeritus Professor of Botany at the University of Newcastle where he taught and studied for 34 years. For the last 10 years he has led the volunteers at the University's Moorbank Botanic Garden, due to shut in November 2013. He is Joint County Recorder for Plants for South Northumberland for the BSBI. He has a life-long interest in alpine plants, has travelled extensively in the mountains of many parts of the world and is a past President of the Alpine Garden Society.
This talk is organised by the Natural History Society of Northumbria. Non society members are welcome to attend, a donation is welcome on the night.