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Plant Journeys – From Asia to Europe

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Wisteria: The Complete Guide “Plant Journeys: An Evening with Naoko Abe, Jamie Compton and Chris Lane” takes place beginning at 7 p.m. June 4, 2019, in the Garden Museum, 5 Lambeth Palace Road, London, England.

The pair of talks celebrate two new books exploring the historic journeys of plants native to Asia to Europe.

In the first talk of the evening, author of ‘Cherry’ Ingram: The Englishman Who Saved Japan’s Blossoms, Japanese journalist Naoko Abe, tells the story of Japanese cherry blossoms, threatened by political ideology and saved by an unknown Englishman. Abe’s book was selected as Radio 4’s Book of the Week and has been the horticultural “hit” of the spring.

Collingwood IngrahamCollingwood Ingram (pictured above), known as ‘Cherry’ for his defining obsession, fell in love with cherry blossoms, or sakura, after visiting Japan in 1902, and dedicated much of his life to their cultivation and preservation.

In the second talk, Jamie Compton and Chris Lane, authors of Wisteria: The Complete Guide reveal the fascinating horticulture, botany and history of perhaps the most glamorous and spectacular of all hardy garden plants.

Admission cost is £25 for adults, and £15 for those under 25 and students.

(Photos courtesy of Garden Museum)

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