Science Elevated Speaker Series: Cultivating One of the Most Recognized Alpine Plant Collections in the World
July 27 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Thomas Freeth, Kew Gardens, will share the method and thought behind building one of the most impressive alpine plant collections. Kew Gardens -Royal Botanic Gardens, located in London, is home to the largest living plant collection on earth. Freeth is making a special stop in Vail during his US alpine garden tour.
Drawing on images and documents from Kew’s archives this looks at the evolution of the Rock Garden at Kew from its conception in the 1870s through to present day. Four gardens have come and gone before the current layout. This talk shows the endeavor that goes into such a landscaping feat over nearly a century and a half, and some of the plants that have lived there.
Freeth is a professional horticulturist and botanist with a life-long love of wild plants and
high places. His career has led him through various disciplines from golf courses
through hard landscape construction and on to international Botanic Gardens and
the Chelsea Flower Show. He currently works at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
looking after the curation of the Living Collections across the site. My previous role
was the curator and supervisor of the Alpine and Rock Garden Living Collection and
team at Kew.
Light appetizers and drinks will be served at 4:00pm and the presentations starts at 4:30pm.
You do not need to print your tickets.