Botanist, Horticulturalist, Author, Lecturer
Curator, Botanic Garden, 1997 – present
Deputy Director, 2013 – present
Acting Director, Botanic Garden, 2010 – 2013
Royal Botanic Garden, Kew
Royal Botanic Garden, Kew
Dr Tim Upson joined the Cambridge University Botanic Garden in 1997, as Curator, from the University of Reading. The new title of Curator was introduced by Professor John Parker to indicate the evolving role of the Garden Superintendent. Tim Upson describes himself as a ‘hybrid’, having a background in botanical horticulture from Royal Botanic Garden, Kew and going on to research a PhD in plant sciences. As Curator, Tim Upson is in charge of the day-to-day care and management of the Botanic Garden collections. As well as his roles as Curator and Deputy Director, Dr Upson teaches botany to students from the Department of Plant Sciences and conducts research on the genus Lavandula.
Dr Tim Upson, was instrumental in commissioning the Changing Perspectives project. As Curator of the Botanic Garden, Tim Upson was interested in understanding more about the shifting philosophies and concepts that had gone into the shaping of the Garden landscapes from the 1950s onwards. Such an understanding will help to plan and create planting and renovated displays in the Garden of the future.
Garden Voices Listen to Dr Tim Upson talk about some of the reasons behind why he was keen to collect the stories and up-date the development of the eastern section of the Botanic Garden from 1950s onwards.
1997 Dry Garden developed
1997 The Cory Laboratory refurbished
1997 The Grass Maze
1997 Apple Day introduced
1998 The Genetics Garden
2002 Healthy Herbie display
2004 New Fenland Display (right)
2005 Plant Growth Facility
2008 The Scented Garden renovated
2010 Sainsbury Laboratory signed off
2010 Professor John Parker retires
2010 Tim Upson becomes Acting Director
2013 Promoted to Deputy Director
In the summer months, lavender displays can be seen around the Garden, particularly in the Bee Borders and the Rose Garden.
Dr Tim Upson’s illustrated monograph, The Genus Lavandula, co-authored with Susyn Andrews was published in 2004. The book’s illustrations are by Georita Harriott, Christabel King and Joanna Langhorne.
‘The Genus Lavandula’
A comprehensive and authoritative illustrative account of lavenders. Focusing on their worldwide importance as garden plants and as a mainstay of the perfumery and aromatherapy industries. Thirty-nine species, numerous hybrids and nearly 400 cultivars are described, bringing together taxonomy, distribution, history and cultivation.
|List of Publications – Dr Tim Upson|