Seamus O’Brien, one of Ireland’s best-known horticulturists, will deliver the 35th (2022) John Dwyer Public Lecture at 4 p.m. Friday, October 7, in the Lelia J. and David N. Farr Auditorium at the Missouri Botanical Garden.
The lecture, sponsored by the Missouri Botanical Garden and Saint Louis University’s Department of Biology, is free and open to the public. The annual John Dwyer Lecture in Biology honors the memory of Dr. John Dwyer, a professor of biology at Saint Louis University and research associate of the Missouri Botanical Garden.
O’Brien is Head Gardener at the National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh, County Wicklow, Ireland.His lecture "Joseph Dalton Hooker: A Sikkim Adventure" will focus on O'Brien’s expeditions to the Sikkim Himalaya area following in the footsteps of the great 19th century botanist.
Hooker travelled to Sikkim in 1847 and discovered many new plant species unknown to the West at the time. In his trips, O’Brien took the same journey and experienced for himself the thrilling, and at times dangerous, expedition of discovery. O’Brien shares his stories in the award-winning book In the Footsteps of Joseph Dalton Hooker: A Sikkim Adventure.
O'Brien has travelled extensively across the globe to study plants in their native habitats, most notably to China, Nepal, Tibet, California, Bhutan, Myanmar, Chile, Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand, and India.
For more information on the Dwyer Lecture, contact Dr. Allison Miller in the Department of Biology at firstname.lastname@example.org