Jon Dunn: Orchid Summer - In Search of the Wildest Flowers of the British Isles

A heady celebration of the beauty and history of the wild orchid species of the British Isles, by naturalist Jon Dunn

From the chalk downs of the south coast of England to the heathery moorland of the Shetland Isles, and from the holy island of Lindisfarne in the east to the Atlantic frontier of western Ireland, Orchid Summer is a journey into Britain and Ireland's most beautiful corners. The flowers that are the focus of this treasure hunt are exquisite and diverse. Some resemble insects, some tower above the surrounding vegetation, others are vanishingly small and discrete. Some are sweetly scented, others smell of ripe billy goats. Some can be readily found but some will prove more elusive, none more so than the elusive ghost orchid...

 Sweeping us up on his adventure, from which it is impossible not to emerge enchanted and enriched, Jon Dunn captures the intoxicating beauty of these rare and charismatic flowers, combining infectious enthusiasm and a painterly eye with a deep knowledge that comes from a lifetime's passionate devotion to their study.

Sponsored by Langham Wine

Listing Details

Thursday 18th October 10.30am

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Duke's Galleries

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Adults: £10.00

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