Liverpool's Botanic Garden heritage seems to have been forgotten. In 1802 it became the first botanic garden ever created by a group of 300 keen amateur botanists, and by 1820 was the premier botanic garden in the UK, with a herbarium 50 years before Kew! Steve Lyus will describe the many highs and lows of this collection over its 200 year history to the present day.
Steve Lyus retired in 2009 and came to Wirral to create a garden for the ericaceous plants he propagated. He is an RHS camellia show judge, and a committee member of the RHS rhododendron, camellia and magnolia group. Steve volunteers at Ness Botanic Gardens, is chair of New Ferry Butterfly Park, on the Botanicals sub-committee of Sefton Park Palm House and a volunteer at the World Museum herbarium.