Garden historian and TV and radio presenter, Advolly Richmond is to present an illustrated talk on the stories behind our garden flowers, as part of a series from the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) at Rheged.

A specialist in gardens, landscapes, plants and social history, Advolly will take the audience on a global tour of the intriguing and enriching tales that will open your eyes to the history behind your favourite garden blooms.

Best known from BBC Gardeners' World and BBC Gardeners' Question Time, as well as presenting The Garden History Podcast, Advolly is passionate about promoting garden history in all its branches to encourage people to value their garden and botanical heritage.

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The talk will bring beautiful flowers to life with tales of exploration, unrequited and enduring love, botanical piracy and excessive hybridisation. 

Advolly’s talk will take place on Friday, March 15 at 7.00pm, part of the regular Royal Geographical Society series of talks at Rheged and tickets cost £12, and concessions £8.