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The Cedric Morris Lectures: Irises, Gardening and Friends

This evening is the second in a series of four lectures around the Cedric Morris: Artist Plantsman exhibition at the Museum.

Tonight, Sarah Cook, former Head Gardener at Sissinghurst and Botanist Clive Lundquist, will be discussing Cedric Morris through his work as a plantsman and an artist, and what we can learn about Morris from this.

Sarah Cook will be speaking on the subject of Sir Cedric Morris; Irises, Gardening and Friends: A brief look at Cedric Morris through the friends named in his irises and some of those who were influenced by his knowledge of plants and gardening.

Clive Lundquist will choose some of the paintings in the exhibition Cedric Morris: Artist Plantsman and Cedric Morris: Beyond the Garden Wall, identifying the plants used in these pieces and making inferences about Morris’ choices, something he regularly assists with at the Philip Mould gallery.

The talks will be followed by a Q&A with the speakers chaired by Rosie Atkins, former curator of Chelsea Physic Garden.

This talk is part of a series of talks about Cedric Morris:

Tuesday 1st May
The Cedric Morris Lectures: Discovering Cedric Morris with Philip Mould OBE

Tuesday 5th June
The Cedric Morris Lectures: Reflections and Reminiscences

Tuesday 19th June
The Cedric Morris Lectures: Plant: Exploring the botanical world through art

Speaker Biographies

  • Sarah Cook

    Sarah Cook

    ‘Born and bred’ in Hadleigh Suffolk, near the home of Sir Cedric Morris. I have gardened all my life, starting my career at 27. I worked on a private estate, trained and worked at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, then worked for the National Trust at Upton House and Sissinghurst, where I spent 14 years as Head Gardener. On retirement, I returned to Suffolk with my husband Jim, where we combine looking after our own garden and National Plant Collections® with committee work for the RHS. I spend much of my time collecting, researching and growing the Tall Bearded irises bred by Sir Cedric Morris.

  • Clive Lundquist

    Clive Lundquist

    Clive Lundquist is a Kew-trained horticulturist with a master's degree in plant taxonomy. He has been gardening professionally for over twenty years but has been doing so as a hobby since his early teens. He is currently pursuing a PhD in plant colour whilst running his own business planning, planting and maintaining gardens. He regularly assists the Philip Mould gallery in the identification of plants in their paintings.

  • Rosie Atkins FLS

    Rosie Atkins FLS

    Rosie Atkins FLS was Curator of Chelsea Physic Garden for 9 years until 2010. She is now chairman of the RHS woody plant committee, Vice President of the Linnean Society and Metropolitan Public Gardens Asso.
    Rosie is also a trustee of Great Dixter Charitable Trust and Professional Gardeners' Trust and co-founder of London Gardens network.
    She started her journalistic career on the Sunday Times, and went on to launch and edit the award-winning magazine Gardens Illustrated now celebrating its 25th anniversary. She continues to write and lecture around the world.

Image: May Flowering Irises No2, 1935, Sir Cedric Morris, © Philip Mould & Company, Cedric Morris Estate