Free but booking essential, suggested donations £3
2pm, Gallery 1
Specialists in gardening and plants introduce their fields of expertise.
Speakers include Dr. Henry Oakeley, Garden Fellow at the Medicinal Garden of the Royal College of Physicians, London, talking about medicinal plants, and Jess Bayley founder of Centre for Ecotherapy.
About the speakers
Dr Henry Oakeley FRCP, FLS, VMH, is and has been the Garden Fellow at the Medicinal Garden of the Royal College of Physicians, London, for the past ten years. He is a Vice-President of the Royal Horticultural Society. Until the end of 2012 he was President of the Orchid Society of Great Britain. He has been interested in plants since the age of 8, specialising in a group of South American orchids. He has served on RHS Council and its committees, and on orchid committees around the world; held three National Plant Collections; taken tens of thousands of photographs; been a consultant psychiatrist in the NHS; exhibited orchids at Chelsea Flower Show and from Japan to Venezuela, and for the last ten years been passionately involved with the history and uses of medicinal plants. His books include ones on the English civil war; the Boer war,;Lycaste, Ida and Anguloa; The Genus Paphiopedilum; A year in the Garden of the Royal College of Physicians; Doctors in the Medicinal Garden, Plants named after Physicians; A tour of the Medicinal Garden of the Royal College of Physicians; and A Garden of Medicinal Plants. He has lectured on medicinal plants to a wide variety of audiences and most recently in Beijing to an international conference.
Jess Bayley is an experienced Social and Therapeutic Horticulture practitioner, group facilitator and a professional gardener. Jess felt drawn to Thrive’s PDDiploma in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture after having been saved from a nervous breakdown in her 20s by immersing herself in nature and horticultural activities. This course helped cement Jess’ belief that gardening could be used to help and heal many people. She set up horticultural therapy consultancy service, Healing with Horticulture, in 2012 before going on to found the Centre for Ecotherapy with two colleagues in 2014. The Centre provides horticultural and nature-based support services for the community of Brighton and Hove. Jess is also a Director of an organic land cooperative, Stanmer Organics Ltd.
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