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50th Anniversary Signature Event in collaboration with Finnerty Gardens Advisory Committee

Pursuing the Wild: The Sichuan Botanical Expedition

May 23, 2013 | David Lam Auditorium, MacLaurin building

Finnerty Gardens. Credit: Gary McKinstry

Plant enthusiasts joined the Friends of Finnerty Gardens for a sold-out evening of botanical discovery with Sue Milliken and Kelly Dodson of Far Reaches Farm. Sue and Kelly gave a captivating presentation on their 2012 plant hunting expedition to Sichuan, China. The audience were treated to photos, videos and stories from Milliken and Dodson's search for new species of rhododendrons, shrubs and perenials. Their fascinating trek included fellow explorers Steve Hootman of the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden and Peter Cox, legendary plant hunter.

Following the presentation, audience members were invited to a reception where they could talk to Milliken and Dodson and get answers to their plant questions from the Friends of Finnerty Gardens.



Event video

View the video of Pursuing the Wild.

Pursuing the Wild video



Event photos

See event highlights below

From left to right: Sue Milliken, Kelly Dodson, Carmen Varcoe, Sue Doutre and Carmen Charette. Credit: UVic Photography The audience at the sold out lecture. Credit: UVic Photography Vice-President, External Relations Carmen Charette provides opening remarks. Credit: UVic Photography The audience ask their plant questions to Sue Milliken and Kelly Dodson. Credit: UVic Photography Carmen Varcoe, Chair of the Finnerty Gardens Advisory Committee. Credit: UVic Photography Sue Milliken answers an audience member's question about their expedition to Sichuan, China. Credit: UVic Photography. Following the lecture, the audience were invited to a reception. Credit: UVic Photography The audience enjoyed light refreshments and engaged with members of the Finnerty Gardens following the lecture. Credit: UVic Photography
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