Plant-hunting around the world – the subject of the final James Hearsum Lecture

February 2013

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The founder of a specialist plant nursery is coming to Writtle College to talk about his ‘plant-hunting around the world’.

Nick Macer is the final act in this year’s James Hearsum Lecture Series, coming to the College on Tuesday 5 March.

The popular horticulture lecture series started on 16 October and the line-up has again seen renowned professional horticulturists, contractors and designers coming to Writtle.

Nick set up Pan Global Plants, based in Gloucestershire, 15 years ago, which offers a very wide range of plants from trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials to bamboo, grasses and exotics. The emphasis has always been on offering either the finest, most desirable forms or the rarest and most interesting. As Nick says, “some plants offered by my nursery cannot be found on sale anywhere else in the world!”

Nick started his career in landscaping and soon became obsessed by trees, going on to study arboriculture. He worked at both The Hillier Gardens and arboretum and Westonbirt arboretum. From there he spent time managing a large private garden in the Cotswolds before setting up Pan Global in 1997.

Nick’s talk, entitled 'Planthunting around the World', will give a glimpse into his world.

“One of the most important things in life for me is seeing plants of all kinds in their natural habitats and thus I travel each year purely to study plants in the wild,” Nick said. “Over the years I have botanised in various countries including Canada, Chile, South Africa, Mexico, China, Vietnam, India, Turkey, California, Morocco, various Macaronesian islands and a number of European countries.

“As a student I was mad-keen to hear about any plant-hunting adventures and I hope to inspire the next generation of 'plant geeks' with my talk at Writtle College."

Brainchild of former horticulture student James Hearsum, the comprehensive, illustrated lecture series - now in its eighth year - is delivered by professional horticulturists, contractors and designers.

This year’s line-up - organised by Greg Allen, Senior Lecturer in Landscape Studies at the College, with a team of first, second and third year students - included acclaimed US garden designer Steve Martino, who travelled from Phoenix, Arizona, to speak to students and visitors.

All the proceeds of the lecture series go to the Writtle College Students’ Union and are used to provide travel bursaries to some of the most important gardens in the world.

Nick’s lecture starts at 7.30pm in the Northumberland Lecture Theatre at the College. The lecture costs £9. Tickets and further details are available from the Writtle College Students’ Union or via Greg Allen on 01245 424200 or