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An afternoon with Timothy Walker

June 10, 2015, 2.00pm, Civic Hall, Uppermill, Lee Street, Uppermill OL3 6AE
Tickets: £8.00

Timothy Walker is the director of the University of Oxford Botanic Garden. He also presented Botany – A Blooming History on BBC4. The four time gold medal winner at the Chelsea Flower Show will be giving an afternoon talk on the making of his wife’s 1/5 acre garden.  It is a story of successes and failures. It charts not only the development of the garden during the past 13 years but also the gardeners and gardens that have influenced the style of planting.   This talk shows what you can do on your own in a short period of time.

He was born and brought up in South Buckinghamshire and at the age of 13 went to school in Abingdon.  From there he read Botany at University College Oxford.  Upon graduation, he worked for two years as a trainee at the University of Oxford Botanic Garden.  He then took a National Certificate in Horticulture at Askham Bryan College York.  This was followed by a one-year traineeship at the Savill Garden Windsor, and 15-months as a diploma student at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.  In 1995 he was awarded a Master of Horticulture by the Royal Horticultural Society of London.

From January 1986 to July 2014 he worked at the University of Oxford Botanic Garden & Harcourt Arboretum, firstly as General Foreman, then as Horti Praefectus (from 1988) and finally as from 2002 as Director.

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