Plant Systematics

Dr Tim Upson, Curator and Deputy Director of the Botanic Garden

My special interests are in the systematics of the Lamiaceae and particularly the genera Rosmarinus and Lavandula, including their horticultural taxonomy, publishing a monograph on the latter with Susyn Andrews in 2004 as part of the Botanical Magazine Monograph series.
Within the Garden, my research is focused on its history and how climate change is already influencing its management, and on the long-term challenge of developing appropriate collections. I also have a keen interest in plant conservation, the Mediterranean and island floras, and have undertaken many plant collecting expeditions in relation to this work.