Spring Study Day 2015 – Saturday, February 21st, 2015

Time: 9:30am – 3pm

H.R. MacMillan Space Centre,

1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver



James Hitchmough


Professor of Horticultural Ecology
Head of Department of Landscape Architecture
University of Sheffield

Professor Hitchmough will give us two talks –


South African meadow presentation.pdf

Garden meadows presentation.pdf

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“Rethinking the use of South African Plants at 53° North”

James designs complex naturalistic herbaceous vegetation, sometimes using biogeographic ideas, i.e. north american prairie, sometimes all just mixed up, from the perspective of really knowing the plants in their wild habitats.

“One of the most interesting things I have done is to explore and rethink the flora of the coldest parts of South Africa for use in design vegetation in the UK, partly in response to climate change. I and my Phd students have been doing this now for about 12 years, all based on seed collected in the wild. We have trialled hundreds and hundreds of species for winter wetness and cold etc. and we can pretty much do this in the UK now.”

“Translating the meadow into the garden”

This talk is about James’ more general approach to using plants from around the world, and how to design and build plantings that are robust and long lived but also very diverse and visually exciting.  He will show how plants from all over the world can be used to create plant communities in gardens using photographs from his projects, including his own garden.

Details of Professor Hitchmough’s research can be found on the University of Sheffield website.

Peter Korn


Peter Korn has a large two-hectare garden located in Eskilsby, Sweden, where he is building a private botanic garden, using mostly sand and gravel. The area was covered with dense forest before he began to clear it for his garden.

“Learning from the Wild — how and why plants have adapted to specific conditions in nature”

By allowing plants in the garden to have similar growing conditions as in the wild, it can be easy to maintain functional plantings. This talk is about how and why plants have adapted to specific conditions in nature. Illustrated by a mix of photographs from nature and from Peter’s own garden; deserts, steppes, forests, alpines and a lot more.

“Sowing – a talk about seeds, from collection to propagation”

A talk about propagation from seed, mainly perennials; seed collection, cleaning and storing the seeds, seeding, seedlings, etc. Includes also finding sources for seeds and recommended seed lists.”

Peter’s book  Peter Korn’s Garden: Giving Plants What they Want was published in English in 2013.


The banner photo on this page shows a section of Professor Hitchmough’s
landscape design for the London 2012 Olympics.