Lecture Registration

Thank you for your interest in continuing education at the Morris Arboretum!

Connections Beyond Our Garden
Talks on People, Plants, and Place

Returning for its 5th season, our mid-week afternoon series will have three stimulating and provocative talks in October, November and December.
A reception with refreshments will follow each presentation.  Reservations and payment are required in advance as space is limited.

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Why was Charles Darwin Aboard the HMS Beagle? (Wednesday, November 19, 2pm) (Lecture is Full)
Keith Thomson
Executive Officer of the American Philosophical Society

In 1831 was Charles Darwin just an amiable but aimless young man with connections or was he already a serious naturalist? Darwin had gone to Cambridge University to prepare (rather unenthusiastically) for a career as a parson. He came back from the Beagle a serious naturalist and the talk of London. In five years of relative isolation on a small ship circumnavigating the world everything changed. This presentation will investigate the range of influences and ideas, the mentors and rivals, and the formal and informal education that shaped Charles Darwin and prepared him for his remarkable career of scientific achievement. Keith Thomson is currently Executive Officer of the American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society in the United States, founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin. He is also emeritus professor of natural history at the University of Oxford and was President of Philadelphia's Academy of Natural Sciences.

Wednesday, November 19
2 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 11/19/2014 at 2:00PM
Attendees: 1 $15.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $20.00 ea.

Emily Dickinson & Beatrix Potter: Tale of Two Gardeners (Wednesday, December 10, 2pm) (Lecture is Full)
Marta McDowell
Author, Teacher, and Lecturer

Reclusive poet Emily Dickinson, followed a life of obscurity with posthumous celebrity as one of America's greatest writers. In Amherst, she was known as a consummate gardener, exploring the fields around town for wildflowers, studying botany and tending her own conservatory. Author and illustrator Beatrix Potter's children's books are famous for captivating stories about rabbits, ducks and mice. In real life Potter was as much a naturalist and gardener as a writer, eventually owning a series of farms in England's Lake District. She became an early advocate of sustainable agriculture and a pioneering landscape preservationist and conservationist. Author, teacher, and popular lecturer Marta McDowell, whose books include Emily Dickinson's Gardens: A Celebration of a Poet and Gardener (2004) and Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life: The Plants and Places That Inspired the Classic Children's Tales (2013) is particularly interested in the relationship between the "pen and the trowel" - people who, like her, are passionate about both writing and gardening.

Wednesday, December 10
2 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 12/10/2014 at 2:00PM
Attendees: 1 $15.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $20.00 ea.

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