Julia Corden: In the Footsteps of George Sherriff

Date: 7:25pm-9:30pm, Apr 11, 2018

The talk combines 5 Expeditions to Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh following routes that Sherriff explored 70 plus years ago. We rediscovered plants not seen in many years like Lilium sherriffii and Primula sherriffii and new locations for Meconopsis sherriffii, Saussureas, Primulas, Rheum mobile and discovered new species like Meconopsis ludlowii. We will travel the mountains meeting the local yak herders and trekking up to the Chinese borders. The high mountain passes with Primula dryadifolia, Chionocharis hookeri and scenery are breathtaking with valleys full of thousands of Meconopsis paniculata and sheets of beautifully scented Primulas.

Julia Corden has been Garden Manager at The Explorers Garden, Pitlochry, Scotland for the past 15 years.  The garden celebrates 150 years of Scottish Plant Hunters who traversed the world in search of plants. The garden celebrates Forrest, Douglas, Sherriff and many more. The garden is designated a National Collection of Meconopsis and the garden is a RHS Partner Garden.

In her spare time Julia is a Botanical/Garden Guide for Brightwater Holidays leading trips to Costa Rica, Chile, South Africa, NZ, Japan and many more.

Julia has been involved in horticulture for over 35 years training at RHS Wisley and RBG Edinburgh. She has judged at the Chelsea Flower Show and for RHS Committees and leads tours for AGS, SRGC and RHS.

Julia is very involved with the Scottish Rock Garden Club  and was Show Secretary and Diana Aitchison Administrator for 10 years and has just been elected President Elect and then President in November 2018.  Julia is Chairperson for the International Alpines Conference 2021 which will be held in Perth, Scotland.















Julia sitting amongst Meconopsis gakyidiana in Eastern Bhutan