Bucks GT Talk: The Healing Power of Plants

Date(s) - 23/11/2019
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Bucks County Museum


Bucks GT Autumn Talk 2019
by Timothy Walker

The Healing Power of Plants

2.30pm, Saturday 23 November 2019
at the Bucks County Museum
£10 for members, £12 for guests

Timothy Walker is currently lecturer in Plant Science at Somerville, Pembroke and Hertford Colleges, Oxford, and was formerly Director of Oxford Botanic Garden, 2002 until 2014.

Mankind has exploited the medicinal properties of plants for thousands of years, yet the role of plants in modern medicine is still considered to be peripheral by many people.  This talk attempts to put the record straight and to show that plant products are used everyday by all of us to relieve pain and suffering, to heal wounds and cure diseases.

Cost: £10 for members, £12 for guests
Please fill in our Booking Form and return with your cheque(s) to
Rosemary Jury,
11 Fledglings Walk, Winslow, Buckingham, Bucks MK18 3QU
email her directly,
or phone: 01296 715 491

Spring Talk 2019
All our Talks are held at the Bucks County Museum
Church Street, Aylesbury, HP20 2QP
(our map shows you how to find the Museum and parking).
Our Talks always include tea/coffee and cakes at the end with a chance to talk to the speaker and with fellow members.

About Timothy, in his own words…

“I was born and brought up in South Buckinghamshire and at the age of 13 went to school in Abingdon.  From there I read Botany at University College Oxford.  Upon graduation, I worked for two years as a trainee at the University of Oxford Botanic Garden.  I then took a National Certificate in Horticulture at Askham Bryan College York.  This was followed by a one-year traineeship at the Savill Garden Windsor, and 15-months as a diploma student at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.  In 1995 I was awarded a Master of Horticulture by the Royal Horticultural Society of London.

From January 1986 to July 2014 I  worked at the University of Oxford Botanic Garden & Harcourt Arboretum, firstly as General Foreman, then as Horti Praefectus (from 1988) and finally as Director (from 2002).  Between 1992 & 2000 the OBGHA won 4 gold, 2 silver-gilt, and one silver medal at the Chelsea Flower Show London.  In 2009 the OBGHA was one of seven Oxford collections to be awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize.  The University’s museums, libraries and archives are an exceptional resource, accessed by more than two million people each year. Now resources from seven institutions – including the Botanic Garden, Harcourt Arboretum, the Ashmolean Museum, and the Bodleian Library – are being taken out to local schools, shopping centres and other public places. The programme provided imaginative educational programmes for researchers, learners, children and the general public, thereby breathing new life into education for people of all ages and enriching their lives.

Since 1986 I have been giving lectures to gardening clubs, horticultural societies, WIs, and many other types of group.  I have given more than 1,500 talks in Britain, Ireland, North America, and Australia to more than 100,000 people in audiences ranging from 20 to 350.  Since 1992 I have been a research lecturer in the Department of Plant Sciences Oxford and I lecture to all three years of the Biological Sciences course.  Some of these lectures are the basis of my public lectures.  From 1994 I was a non-stipendiary college lecturer in Plant Conservation at Somerville College Oxford and I held a similar position at Pembroke College Oxford since 2007.  In 2010 I was elected as a Fellow of the Linnaean Society of London.

From August 2014 I have been a stipendiary lecturer in Plant Sciences at Somerville College, Oxford, and I now hold similar positions at Pembroke College and Hertford College.”

What others say

Oxford Undergraduates
Timothy Walker is a legend
The lectures from Timothy Walker were particularly engaging and well delivered.
Timothy Walker was really great
I found the trip around the botanic gardens terrific, largely due to Mr Walker’s sheer enthusiasm: I am not really a plant person (though being converted at the moment) and on top of that it was grey, wet, generally miserable and flu was just starting, so to entertain me and further interest me in plants was very impressive.

Timothy Walker; brilliantTimothy Walker’s lectures were great; he’s really entertaining.Gardening Clubs

An inspirational speaker on a whole range of horticultural topics.

You gave the most amusing and inspired talk which fired everyone’s imagination.

Thank you so much for your wonderful talk – our members enjoyed the evening tremendously.

Absolutely brilliant, entertaining and informative.

I would like to thank you for a superb talk.  It was most enjoyable to sit and listen to your enthusiasm and to your lively humour throughout the talk.

Retirement groups

The audience was spell bound by you humourous anecdotes and obvious knowledge and love of the subject.

After-dinner talks

The pictures were enthralling and you have a delightful and enviable way of putting over your subject. The consensus of opinion is that we must have you back again.

An outstanding after dinner talk … endless comments afterwards expressing admiration for not only you humour, delivery, and subject, but also the thought to which you give your particular area.