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Past Event

Seamus O'Brien - In the Footsteps of Joseph Dalton Hooker

January 25, 2019
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
LuEsther T. Mertz Library, 2900 Southern Blvd, New York

Event Description:

In November 1847, Joseph Dalton Hooker (1817–1911), one of the most notable directors of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, set out on a three-year expedition to the eastern Himalayas. There he amassed a staggering collection of geological, zoological, and botanical specimens, many of which proved new to science. His travels were not without controversy, including a hostage crisis and illegal border crossing. Re-tracing Hooker’s historic route 160 years later, Seamus O’Brien, from the National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh, recounts the tale of his four remarkable expeditions to Darjeeling, Sikkim, and West Bengal.

Event Speaker:

Seamus O’Brien is Ireland’s best-known plantsman and has traveled extensively across the world to study plants in their native habitats. He received his horticultural training at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, in Dublin, and also holds an International Diploma in Botanic Gardens Management from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Event Information:

More information on RSVP and where to enter the garden is available on New York Botanical Garden's website.