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The Edmund Lecture Series 2017-18

A lecture by Caroline Holmes (Independent Scholar and Garden Historian)

University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College are excited to announce a brand new public lecture series with speakers covering a wide range of topics. For further information call 01284 716341 or email 

Wednesday, 31 January 2018,
18:00 to 19:00
E1.01 Suffolk House, West Suffolk College, Out Risbygate, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3RL

Caroline Holmes (Independent Scholar and Garden Historian) presents: 'Monets Water Lilies and the Suffolk Connection'

Long before Mendel’s work was known, Bory Latour-Marliac (1830-1911) engineered daring water lily couplings with consummate skill, meticulous care and acute observation. His previously unrecorded letters reveal a horticultural world wide web into which he launched his finest hardy hybrids. Key to his best customer base – Britain – was through James de Saumarez of Shrublands Park, Suffolk and William Robinson, Not only did Monet’s plants come from Latour-Marliac’s nursery it can be argued that they inspired his water landscapes. Historic, Impressionist, commercial and contemporary, the good news is that Latour-Marliac’s nursery thrives today.