This rewarding tour with expert tour leaders, Bill and Helen Bynum, takes you deep into the UK’s long connection with all things botanical. Darwin’s botany is often overlooked in the story of The Origin of Species, yet it’s a story that invites you into that most English of places: the garden. Here it is possible to experience history, science and nature, learn the stories of plants and people, and think about how garden ecology helped shape the way we see the world around us today. Encompassing Selborne, Lichfield, Cambridge, London and Kent, the tour includes visits to many beautiful, important and historic gardens, as well as Darwin’s home at Down House.
Bill Bynum is Professor Emeritus at University College London. A Yale graduate in medicine, he began his career in the history of medicine with a Cambridge PhD before moving to the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine. His 'History of Medicine: A Very Short Introduction' and 'A Little History of Science' have been translated into 14 languages. Bill also edited the Penguin 150th anniversary edition of The Origin of Species.
After a PhD in the History of Medicine from University College London, Helen Bynum lectured at the University of Liverpool before beginning a freelance career as a medical historian and popular science writer. Together with Bill she edited 'Great Discoveries in Medicine' before turning their attention to the world of plants and their histories in 'Remarkable Plants that Shape our World' and 'Botanical Sketchbooks'. ‘Team Bynum’ have led and lectured on successful tours and cruises for Jon Baines Tours.