2017 Talks

Conserving Chamberlain’s Orchids

Image courtesy Winterbourne House & Garden


Monday 13 March & Sunday 19 March


13.00 – 14.30 (plus optional visit to Winterbourne's Orchid House)


Winterbourne House & Garden (G12 on campus map)


Free, booking recommended.

Drawing inspiration from Joseph Chamberlain’s passion for orchid growing, artist Matt Westbrook and world orchid authority Philip Seaton, lead an illustrated talk and demonstration exploring the biodiversity and conservation of native and imported orchids.

Over the last thirty years, Philip has become an internationally renowned figure on the conservation and sustainable cultivation of orchids. He will discuss the issues surrounding the importation of tropical orchids and give a demonstration of the seed sowing process he has been developing to restore native species to the wild.

Matt has been researching themes of simulacra and display, exploring connections between Joseph Chamberlain’s love of orchids and his business and political career. Guided by a broader interest in simulated environments Matt’s artistic practice has involved looking at engineering and botanical illustrations, breaking down images into components, which he reassembles into new narratives.

The event will be followed by a visit to Winterbourne’s own Orchid house.

Presented by Matt Westbrook and Philip Seaton in partnership with Winterbourne House and Garden.