You are here

Thursday, March 6, 2003 - 19:30

Lijiang Botanic Garden and High Alpine Research Station

David Paterson, Deputy Director of Horticulture, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RGBE)

British Embassy Residence

Dave Paterson, Deputy Director of Horticulture at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RGBE), Scotland, UK, will provide an illustrated talk on an exciting new joint venture focusing on the conservation of rare plants found on the beautiful and rugged Yulong Xue Shan (Jade Dragon Snow Mountain) in Yunnan Province. In his 22 years at the RGBE, Dave Paterson has studied the cultivation of sub-alpine plants from the mountain ranges of South West China. His interest in mountain plants has taken him to many beautiful and remote locations in the Chinese Himalayas where he has also been able to indulge his passion for mountaineering and exploration.

The theme of this talk will focus on the changing philosophies that exist within the international botanical community regarding access to wild plants. Furthermore, the developing role of botanic gardens in aiding world conservation will be considered in the context of a holistic and inclusive approach to the study of wild plants and their habitats. The talk will demonstrate the importance of plants in sustaining life on earth and draw attention to the degradation of nature that can result through the actions of mankind. In his lecture, Dave will offer hope for the future and attempt to illustrate, through the Lijiang Project on Yulong Mountain, that species extinction is not an inevitable consequence of the development of remote areas of China.