Seamus O’Brien, considered one of Eire’s best-known horticulturists, will ship the thirty fifth
(2022) John Dwyer Public Lecture at 4 p.m. Friday, October 7, within the Lelia J. and
David N. Farr Auditorium on the Missouri Botanical Backyard, 4344 Shaw Boulevard. The
lecture, sponsored by Saint Louis College’s Division of Biology and the Missouri
Botanical Backyard, is free and open to the general public.
Hooker travelled to Sikkim in 1847 and found many new plant species unknown to
the West on the time. In his journeys, O’Brien took the identical journey and skilled
for himself the thrilling, and at instances harmful, expedition of discovery. O’Brien
shares his tales within the award-winning e-book Within the Footsteps of Joseph Dalton Hooker: A Sikkim Journey (2018).
O’Brien has travelled extensively throughout the globe to check vegetation of their native
habitats, most notably to China, Nepal, Tibet, California, Bhutan, Myanmar, Chile,
Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand, and India.
The annual John Dwyer Lecture in Biology honors the reminiscence of Dr. John Dwyer, a professor
of biology at Saint Louis College and analysis affiliate of the Missouri Botanical
Backyard. For extra data on the Dwyer Lecture, contact Dr. Allison Miller within the
Division of Biology at [email protected]
About Saint Louis College
Based in 1818, Saint Louis College is likely one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious
Catholic establishments. Rooted in Jesuit values and its pioneering historical past as the primary
college west of the Mississippi River, SLU provides almost 13,000 college students a rigorous,
transformative training of the entire individual. On the core of the College’s numerous
neighborhood of students is SLU’s service-focused mission, which challenges and prepares
college students to make the world a greater, extra simply place.
About Seamus O’Brien
Seamus O’Brien is Head Gardener on the Nationwide Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh, Co.
Wicklow, the nation property and rural annex of the Nationwide Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
in Dublin. He obtained his formal horticultural coaching at Glasnevin and likewise holds
an Worldwide Diploma in Botanic Gardens Administration from the Royal Botanic Gardens,
Up to now he has been Head Gardener of a number of notable Irish gardens with historic
plant collections. He returned to Glasnevin as a employees member in February 2000. He
moved to handle the gardens at Kilmacurragh in Could 2006.
He has printed two award-winning books, Within the Footsteps of Augustine Henry and his Chinese language Collectors (2011), and Within the Footsteps of Joseph Dalton Hooker: A Sikkim Journey (2018). He additionally contributes to a number of publications together with Curtis’s Botanical
Journal, The Irish Backyard, the Irish Backyard Plant Society e-newsletter and the Worldwide
Dendrology Society 12 months E-book.
In 2018, Seamus was awarded the Royal Horticultural Society of Eire’s Gold Medal
of Honor, in 2021 he was made a Fellow of the Explorer’s Membership (New York) and in 2022
he was awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s (UK) Loder Rhododendron Cup.
About Missouri Botanical Backyard
The Missouri Botanical Backyard’s mission is “to find and share data about
vegetation and their surroundings with a purpose to protect and enrich life.” At this time, 160 years
after opening, the Missouri Botanical Backyard is a Nationwide Historic Landmark and a
heart for science, conservation, training and horticultural show.