Dr. James Hitchmough | Annual Victor Stanley Lecture

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Dr. James Hitchmough | Annual Victor Stanley Lecture

September 22, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

James Hitchmough, PhD | Head of Department of Landscape Architecture, The University of Sheffield, UL

DATE: Friday, September 22nd, 2017

TIME: 6:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Burns Auditorium with a reception in Allred Gallery immediately following lecture


James Hitchmough is Professor of Horticultural Ecology and Head of the Department of Landscape, University of Sheffield, UK. His research has explored how to create complex naturalistic herbaceous vegetation for use in urban landscapes and secondarily, social research into what ordinary people think of such vegetation. Much of this work has been published in “Landscape and Urban Planning” the leading journal in the field. An important part in his research and practice has been to travel extensively to study the worlds most visually and ecologically interesting wild occurring herbaceous vegetation. This has involved numerous expeditions throughout China, Central Asia, Southern Africa, as well as Europe, North and South America. His research has been applied to practice across the world, from forming the 20ha “skin” of the 2012 London Olympic Park, to large-scale projects in Nanjing and Chongqing in China. This work is described in detail in his most recent popular book, “Sowing Beauty; designing flowering meadows from seed”.


My main research interests have centered around the ecology, design, and management of herbaceous vegetation. In Australia, this leads to the development of a still active research group in the restoration ecology of Australian native grasslands. Maintaining my strong interest in “native” semi-natural herbaceous vegetation, increasingly I have re-interpreted ecologically based herbaceous vegetation in the cultural context of the public greenspace of towns and cities. This has resulted in a large volume of research on the creation of various native and non-native meadow, steppe and prairie vegetation from sowing seed in situ.
This vegetation is designed to be much more sustainable than the traditional herbaceous plantings, however, the main goal of the work is to produce ecologically informed herbaceous plant communities that are highly attractive to the lay public.



September 22, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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