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"Around the World of Plants"; NTBG Spring Lecture series

Around the World of Plants

A public lecture series by the National Tropical Botanical Garden and Kaua‘i Community College

• Tuesday, March 5, 2013 5:30 pm: The relationships between plants and indigenous people are not only about how they use them, but also how they protect them. Professor Prance will discuss the intimate relationship this group has with its environment, describing the challenges they face, and the lessons we can learn.

Professor Sir Ghillean Prance:

Professor Sir Ghillean Prance FRS VMH was born in Suffolk, England in 1937 and was educated at Malvern College, Worcestershire and Keble College, Oxford where he obtained a BA in Botany and a D.Phil.

Sir Ghillean’s career began at the New York Botanical Garden in 1963. Firstly he was a research assistant and subsequently B A Krukoff Curator of Amazonian Botany, Director and Vice-President of Research and finally Senior Vice President for Science. His exploration of Amazonia included 15 expeditions in which he collected over 350 new species of plants.

He was Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London from 1988 to 1999. He was McBryde Professor at theNational Tropical Botanical Garden in Hawaii 2001-02 and is currently McBryde Senior Fellow there. He is Scientific Director and a Trustee of the Eden Project in Cornwall, U.K. and Visiting Professor at Reading University, U.K.

Professor Sir Ghillian Prance is author of nineteen books. He has also published over 520 scientific and general papers in taxonomy, ethnobotany, economic botany, conservation and ecology. He holds fifteen honorary doctorates. In 1993 he received the International Comos Prize and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Sir Ghillean was awarded his knighthood in July 1995 and received the Victoria Medal of Honour from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1999.


• Tuesday, April 23, 2013 5:30 pm

Chipper Wichman

Chipper has worked to to preserve the precious natural and cultural 
resources of Hawai`i where he was born and raised. The National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) in 1976 where he worked with well-known botanists to conduct botanical surveys of Limahuli valley and the Nā Pali coast where he discovered new species of plants and helped to pioneer methods of rappelling down cliffs to hand pollinate the species threatened with extinction. 

Chipper will present the film showing of "A King in China: The Life of Joseph Francis Rock"

From  Hawaii to China, Joseph Francis Rock was on of the last classic explorers of the 20th Century. He was born in Vienna, Austria, but emigrated to the United States in 1905 and moved to Honolulu in 1907, where he eventually became an authority on the flora there. As the Territory of Hawaiii's first official botanist, he joined the faculty of the University of Hawaii in 1911, established its first herbarium and served as its first curator from 1911 until 1920, when he left the university to spend the next few decades exploring the botany of Asia.

"This carefully crafterd and ostensibly crafted documentary, about a lonely man who finally found his paradise" -- The Sydney Herald 


• Tuesday, May 21, 2013 5:30 pm

Richard Hanna

An illustrator of many publications including the Masterpieces of Botanical Illustration : the Loy McCandless Marks Botanical Library

Presents: Captain Cook's Artists in the Pacific


The artists who traveled with the famed 18th-century explorer brought back tales of exotic plants and people through their beautiful and fascinating illustrations. Learn about these men, who traveled the Pacific working fervently to keep up during these intense expeditions.



Thank you to Margaret Clark, Program Presentation Coordinator, for providing the information about these important lectures provided by the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kauai.

Mahalo for this fine lecture series.

All talks will be presented in the Cafeteria in the KCC Campus Center
(to the left & behind the Performing Arts Center) 3-1901 Kaumuali‘i Hwy, Līhu‘e

National Tropical Botanical Garden & Kaua‘i Community College: "Sharing a common goal of quality education to change lives."


For more information, please contact: Margaret Clark,NTBG, 3530 Papalina Rd.Kalaheo, HI 96741  Office: (808) 332-7324 x 22:  Cellphone: 808-346-2471;  Fax: 1-800-694-1942

"The mission of the National Tropical Botanical Garden is to enrich life through discovery, scientific research, conservation, and education by perpetuating the survival of plants, ecosystems, and cultural knowledge of tropical regions."