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London director in Portland on July 31 to talk about garden's role as living museum

COURTESY PHOTO: KEW GARDENS/JEFF EDEN - The Temperate House at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, just outside London.

Trust the Brits to repackage decolonialization and sell it back to the world. Richard Deverell, director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew outside London, is in Portland to deliver a lecture. Deverell will talk to the Japan Society, at the Portland Art Museum at 1:30 p.m. Sunday July 31, about how gardens stay relevant in our fast-paced and ever-changing world.

Deverell says Kew Gardens, which has sites in Richmond and in Wakehurst, Sussex, has reimagined its role in the 21st century, and other gardens can too. He focuses on scientific research, education, design and contemporary art. Having a gigantic gift shop doesn't hurt, either.

Co-presented with the Japan Institute of Portland Japanese Garden.

$25 general admission, $20 for PAM and garden members, $12.50 students.

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