Timothy Walker was Horti Praefectus or Director of The University of Oxford’s Botanic Garden and Arboretum from 1988-2014 and holds a lectureship in Plant Conservation at Somerville College. He studied Botany at University College and after graduating in 1980, joined the staff of The Botanic Garden as a trainee gardener. Timothy has just presented a 3 x 1 hour series for BBC4 Botany: A Blooming History made by BBC Scotland.
His current post involves a mixture of teaching, administration, begging and curating of the National Collection of euphorbias but no gardening – this happens at weekends in his wife’s garden , if allowed. In 1997 Walker was elected to the Ernest Cook Lecturership in Plant Conservation at Somerville College, Oxford. He has visited North Yorkshire, Wales, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Sri Lanka, China, Japan, Australia, Seychelles, South Africa, Canada and America in search of plants growing in their habitats. He is one of the popular garden speakers and travels all over the UK giving his talks.
Timothy has a passionate belief that scientists have a duty to explain their subjects to the public in a way that they can understand. His professional interests reflect the hybrid nature of his training and range from plant conservation and systematics to the use of colour in English gardens. To this end the Botanic Garden’s public education program reaches more than 20,000 people each year and has won four gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show.
1977-1980 University College, Oxford – BA Botany
1980-82: Trainee Gardener at University of Oxford Botanic Garden
1982-83: National Certificate in Horticulture at Askham Bryan College, North Yorkshire
1983-84: Trainee Gardener at Savill Garden Windsor
1984-85: Diploma student at RBG Kew
1986-88: General Foreman at University of Oxford Botanic Garden
1988-2014: Horti Praefectus or Director at University of Oxford Botanic Garden
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