Christmas Lecture 2019

TOPIC – Plant Hunting
LOCATION – at the Great Hall, Lambeth Palace, London SE1 7JU
TUTOR – James Hitchmough
DATE – Tuesday 3rd December 2019

Kniphofia northiae and K. caulescens in natural drainage swales, slopes of Ben Macdhui, Eastern Cape, 2700m. Kniphofia northiae forms huge rosettes 2m across and tall, and is incredibly exotic looking, yet completely cold tolerant in the UK.

We are delighted that James Hitchmough has agreed to give the Christmas Lecture this year. Professor of Horticultural Ecology in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Sheffield, his research focus is on understanding how designed plant communities function ecologically and what are the key factors determining their attractiveness to urban people. He has travelled extensively in South Africa, China and Europe to study temperate herbaceous vegetation in the wild and has worked as a design and management consultant on a range of landscape projects.

The Christmas Lecture is an excellent chance to talk to other students to compare notes on how they are making use of their plant knowledge, and to catch up with old friends. We much look forward to seeing you all.

Meeting time 10.15am for a 10.30am start

Please come to the Porters’ Lodge at Lambeth Palace where you need to show your photo ID (driving licence or similar) and be checked off on a list, and then wait to be guided to the Guard Room.

NB no coffee on arrival this year.

End of the morning 12.00 noon, followed by South African white wine and homemade mince pies.
The Garden CafĂ© at the Garden Museum will be open for lunch – to book please ring 0203 640 9322.


Lambeth Palace is on the South Bank of the river Thames, between Westminster Bridge and Lambeth Bridge. Buses run from Waterloo, Victoria and Vauxhall stations and stop just outside the Palace at the Lambeth Palace bus stop.