Gardens at Sea

Julie Smalley

North West
Notice Period:
Regular (more than one month's notice)
Paid: £70 + travel
13th March 2019
Adventure Travel | Plants

An unlikely combination for sure - keen plant collectors and often resentful crews of sailing ships. Yet on discovery voyages over the centuries plants, seeds and even paintings travelled the globe. Indeed many botanical drawings are true works of art. Ships brought home not just exotic floral treats we are familiar with nowadays but useful crops and improved knowledge. Yes, there was tension, danger, loss - and downright bad behaviour. Somehow, there were also survivals. This talk explores the very human (and frequently humorous) story of how early naturalists and mariners helped shape our plant and landscape heritage.

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About Julie Smalley

History, travel and language combined are fascinating and fun. Join me for some exploring! Over several stimulating years I’m lucky to have excavated and interpreted a Roman-era dig, led guided walks, performed poetry in a Normandy village, and guested on regional radio. With an MA in Landscape, Heritage & Society (Liverpool) followed by an Advanced Diploma in Local History (Oxford) I have published over seventy articles, local to international. I set up ‘VITAL MINDS Lifelong Learning’ - a scheme to present social history in engaging ways especially for retirement villages. In addition I‘ve taught English as a Foreign Language courses in colleges, universities, companies, museums and youth hostels, and hosted homestay learners from Spain to Siberia. Cheshire-born, I grew up in Australia, worked in Sydney and London, and currently live near the scenic waterways of mid-Cheshire. I enjoy speaking to varied audiences which include family history & heritage societies, women’s clubs, WI, community groups, PROBUS, U3A, and cultural tours. My light-hearted, interactive talks always include a colourful display - and often come with added Antipodean perspectives. A history, travel and language sandwich!

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