Plant Hunters

Ref: C2227091

Find out about the men who forded rivers, climbed mountains, faced danger and even death in their quest to bring back wondrous plants to Britain from the four corners of the world. The course will look at the Tradescants, Joseph Banks, David Douglas, The Lobbs & the Veitch Nursery, Ernest 'Chinese' Wilson and Frank Kingdon-Ward.

Course aim

To introduce plant hunters from the 17th century through to the present day and the plants that became garden worthy introductions in Britain.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Name a number of the plant hunters who went to China.
  • Describe the effect the new introductions had on the English garden.
  • Assess the importance of Joseph Banks and the Kew Plant Hunters.
  • Discuss what these plant hunters went through to give us these new plant glories.
  • Assess the role of botanic gardens & their plant hunters today.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

Download full course information sheet

Plant Hunters

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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