BOOKING OPEN. Science in Gardens

2018 marks 20 years since Down House, the home of Charles Darwin, was reopened to the public by English Heritage supported by a wide range of organisations and donors. The day will focus on science and the public engagement in science in gardens and will highlight the work and the experiments Darwin carried out at down House and bringing it up to date with the opportunities in science in gardens today. The day will include a garden tour taking in some of the recreated experiments.

The day will be relevant to all those interested in promoting their gardens as a resource for science, citizen science and public engagement, it will also be of interest to those interested in the history of natural history.


10.00am Garden opens

10.30 am Welcome

Speakers include:

Prof Alistair Griffiths, RHS Director of Science and Collections

Nicholas Wray, Curator University of Bristol Botanic Garden

Juliet Day, Understanding Plant Diversity Project Manager, University of Cambridge Botanic Garden

Chris Bisson, Policy Development Manager at The Eden Project

Richard Gianfrancesco, Senior Science Officer: Education and Communications, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

David Slawson, Director of Open Air laboratories (OPAL), Imperial College London

Jay Holmes, Sr. Coordinator of Urban Advantage Prof. Dev. AMNH & David Kohn, Dir. Darwin Manuscripts Project, AMNH will talk about Darwin’s botanical imagination: A teachers’ workshop at the American Museum of Natural History and the New York Botanical Garden.

16.30 – Close


Refreshments, lunch and resources included.

Cost to members £70