The Banks Memorial Lecture is a free lecture open to the public. The lecture commemorates Sir Joseph Banks, botanist on Captain Cook's first voyage to New Zealand. During a later distinguished scientific career, Banks was Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, London.
Venue: Begonia House
(greenhouse), Wellington Botanic Garden.
James is currently working on several garden history-related projects, related to Chinese migration, garden-making, health and botanical exchange. He feels privileged to work in the area of garden history, not least because of the many wonderful people he has met and with whom he has collaborated, as well as the magnificent gardens he has visited.
In 2022, he received the RNZIH Garden History Award (Award in Horticultural History and Conservation).
“Our King at Kew & the Emperor of China at Jehol
solace themselves under the shade of the same
trees & admire the elegance of many of the same
Joseph Banks to Sir George
Staunton, Letter, January 1796
Both the British Empire and the Chinese Empire were as much empires of plants as they were empires of conquest. For Joseph Banks, plant-hunting and empire-making were closely interlinked objectives which he eagerly promoted. In light of Banks’ activities and the statement above about the availability of Chinese plants in Britain, this talk examines some of the manner in which imperial connections between China, India, Britain, Australia and New Zealand reveal lesser known histories of plant introductions from Asia – and particularly China – into New Zealand from the 1830s. I will focus on two groups of people who introduced Asian plants into New Zealand: the first, typified by former East India Company trader Thomas McDonnell, who settled in the Hokianga in 1830, and – the second group – comprising Cantonese migrants and gardeners, such as Dunedin flower-lover Wong Koo, who came to New Zealand from the mid-1860s.
2021 NZ Gardens Trust conference
The 2023 conference focused on the diverse landscapes of the Wellington region.
Acclaimed Auckland-based landscape designer Andy Hamilton delivered the keynote speech at the conference dinner.
The NZGT collaborated with the RNZIH in offering the Banks Lecture, presented by Dr James Beattie, on the Thursday evening. Award presentations followed the lecture.
The programme, registration form and accommodation
details are at:
RNZIH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Venue: Friends Room,
Auckland Botanic Gardens, Manurewa.
The AGM was followed by RNZIH award presentations.
Minutes, reports, and proposed revisions to our Constitution was circulated before the AGM.
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