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2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Where the Land is the Star
One of the hotspots of the natural world was, and still is, North Carolina. Botanists, naturalists, and explorers gravitated to this land in the 18th and 19th centuries. Although the most celebrated plantsmen of their generations - John Fraser, Andre Michaux, John and William Bartram, and Asa Gray - could be found exploring North Carolina, the real star was the land. Join Tom Earnhardt as he celebrates the Tar Heel landscape and the people drawn to it. Fee: $15 ($10 NCBG members)
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Well-Traveled: On the Influence of William Bartram and His “Travels”
We’ll explore the many facets of Bartram’s influence here and abroad, from poets such as Wordsworth and Coleridge, to naturalists including Erasmus, Darwin and grandson Charles, Asa Gray, William Baldwin, and Charles Lyell. Free; advanced registration required
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Bartram’s Travels: A Book Review Discussion
An enduring classic that influenced Darwin, Thoreau, Leopold, and others, “Bartram’s Travels” tells how the Philadelphia botanist William Bartram explored the Southeast. Peruse the book on your own and then join us in imagining a landscape now gone. Fee: $15 ($10 NCBG Members)
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Exhibit and Symposium Opening Remarks and Reception: Contemporary Botanical Artists Explore the Bartram's Legacy
John and William Bartram modeled a way of living centered on exploration and curiosity. Woodin explains how the exhibit illuminates their natural history contributions. Reception and exhibit viewing. Free; advance registration required.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Sketching Nature: Biological Illustration in History
Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! Biology professor and nature artist Landin will discuss how paintings of birds, insects, and botanicals have advanced our scientific understanding and demonstrate the wide-ranging and influential effects of nature representation while we ponder the function of biological illustration today. Free; advanced registration required
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Enjoy the outdoors with a group of 15 artists from the NC Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and the NCBG Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration Program who will paint landscapes and plants in the spirit of the Bartrams. Completed paintings will be available in the Garden Shop. FREE (Rain Date: September 20)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bartram as a Quaker Botanist
Thursday, September 18, 7pm–8pm • Reeves Auditorium While in graduate school, Peter White came upon a pamphlet entitled The Quaker Botanists and learned that from the early 1600s, Quakers, including William Penn, were proponents of natural science, wildflower gardens, and conservation. White will describe John and William Bartram’s significance while also introducing other Quaker botanists including Humphries, Fothergill, Collinson, and Wistar and further speculate on why the early Quakers made good scientists. Fee: $15 ($10 NCBG Members)
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Bartram's Plants Walk
Join us for one of these free Garden walks (there is another on Saturday, October 18th) to encounter some of the same plants naturalist and artist William Bartram encountered during his travels across the Southeast in the 1770s. Free; advance registration required
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Sculpture in the Garden Preview Party
Be the first to enjoy NCBG’s signature outdoor event at our Preview Party—be introduced to participating sculptors and NCBG’s first Artist-in-Residence Patrick Dougherty—and celebrate the top award winners. Sculpture in the Garden is a juried showcase of works by North Carolina sculptors highlighting the natural interplay between fine art and garden finery. Carolyn Putney, Chief Curator at the Toledo Museum of Art, will serve as jurist at this event and announce her selections for Best in Show, two Merit Awards and a People’s Choice Award. Preview Party guests will have the opportunity to cast their vote for the People’s Choice Award and have the first chance to purchase sculptures. Cost: $35 per person
- 12/7/2014
Sculpture in the Garden exhibition
Now in its 26th year, NCBG’s signature event features up to 45 large-scale sculptures created by North Carolina-based artists integrated into the Garden’s outdoor environment featuring an assortment of materials including steel, concrete, wood, marble and more. Prizes are awarded for Best in Show, Honorable Mention and People’s Choice. Come enjoy the interplay between art and nature across five acres of the Garden during its fall display. Free and open to the public. No registration required.
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
The World Famous Venus Flytrap
The world famous Venus flytrap is found only in North and South Carolina, discovered in 1759 by North Carolina Governor Arthur Dobbs and named in 1770 by English botanist John Ellis. John and William Bartram saw Venus flytrap in the wild and William published what is thought to be the first drawing in 1767. Dr. Mellichamp will share his knowledge about the flytrap’s unique bog habitat and cultivation, adding details about other bog plants along the way. Dr. Mellichamp is Professor of Botany at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, and director of the botanical gardens there. His recent books are Bizarre Botanicals and Native Plants of the Southeast. Book signing follows the presentation. Fee: $15 ($10 NCBG Members)
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Annual Jenny Elder Fitch Lecture, 'The Brother Gardeners: Botany, Epire and the Birth of an Obsession' with Andrea Wulf, New York Times Bestselling Author
Wulf will tell the tale of a group of 18th century naturalists who made England into a nation of gardeners initiated by Pennsylvania farmer John Bartram’s introduction of American trees and shrubs to the English landscape. Wulf explores the botanical passions, obsessions, friendships, and squabbles that knitted the lives of six men set against the backdrop of the emerging British Empire and America's magnificent forests. Born in India and now residing in Great Britain, Wulf is author of The Brother Gardeners: Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession (2010 American Horticultural Society Book Award-winner) and Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation, a New York Times best seller. Free; advance registration required
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
From Plant to Illustration: Botanical Illustration at the North Carolina Botanical Garden
Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! The NCBG Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate Program teaches how to accurately depict plants in the artistic tradition of botanical illustration. Core Curriculum instructor Patricia Savage takes us from appreciation and observation through the work an artist does to produce a botanical illustration. Free; advanced registration required
- 10/24/2014
Artist-in-Residence Patrick Dougherty
World-renowned, Chapel Hill-based outdoor sculptor Patrick Dougherty will create a one-of-a-kind installation at the Garden incorporating his signature tree saplings into whirling, animated shapes that resemble tumbleweeds or gusts of wind. Constructed over a three-week period, his large-scale installations serve as community projects and provide a rare chance for the community to not only view the work in progress, but contribute under his direction. Visitors will have an intimate view of the creative process as it happens while also enjoying the concurrent Sculpture in the Garden. Free and open to the public, no registration required.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
The 'New World' of Plants - the Geography of Plants and Place
Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! Early, exploratory botanists made shrewd guesses about what was novel, often forcing their discoveries into European paradigms. Centuries later, with better information at hand, we can put in perspective the botanical diversity of North America—with no less amazement and wonder! Join us for a whimsical exploration of plants and place focused on the Bartrams’ plants and the southeastern U.S.—through science and literature, imagination and fact. Free; advanced registration required
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
“To See the Moveing Pensil; display a Sort of Paper Creation, which May Endure for Ages”: William Bartram as a Natural History Artist
Fry will survey William Bartram’s illustrations and examine his scope and influences. Bartram’s religious upbringing as a Quaker was opposed to the very idea of graphical art—but Bartram eluded these prohibitions by producing useful, scientific illustrations and mentored a new generation of young American natural history artists, most significantly ornithologist Alexander Wilson. Fee: $15 ($10 NCBG Members)
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
“The usefull, the beautifull, the singular or the fragrant, are to us the most material”—John and William Bartram and Southern Plants in the Garden
The Bartram family business was based on hardy, woody plants, but in their Philadelphia garden they collected and propagated rarer things, and more likely new herbaceous plants. Visitors to Bartram’s Garden commented on the southern plants and trees, probably then the largest collection in one place anywhere on the continent. It is possible to reconstruct the contents of the Bartram garden over time from a variety of sources. With this we can explore some of the discoveries and garden introductions from the South at Bartram’s Garden. Fee: $15 ($10 NCBG Members)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Franklinia alatamaha
Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! Bartram is considered the scientific discoverer of several plant species including the Franklin tree, (Franklinia alatamaha), a rare plant when Bartram described it, which later became extinct in the wild. Learn about this discovery, the plant and its remarkable story. Free; advance registration required
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Bartram's Plants Walk
Join us for one of these free Garden walks (there is an earlier one on Saturday, Setpebmer 20th) to encounter some of the same plants naturalist and artist William Bartram encountered during his travels across the Southeast in the 1770s. Free; advance registration required
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
A Conversation with National Book Award-winning Author Charles Frazier, “Bartram’s Travels” On Cold Mountain
Panel: Margaret D. Bauer, ECU Rives Chair of Southern Literature/Editor, North Carolina Literary Review; Peter S. White, NCBG Director; Alan Weakley, Director, UNC Herbarium Join us for a conversation with author Charles Frazier to learn why the main character in Cold Mountain carries a copy of Bartram’s Travels on his journey to Cold Mountain, NC. In a lively exchange with our panelists, Frazier will reveal particular passages in his novel that reference nature and share the role nature plays in his narratives and his own life as a writer. Followed by a reception and book signing Fee: $25 ($20 NCBG Members)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Seeing the Forest with the Trees along the Bartram Trail
Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! The 100+ mile Bartram Trail takes hikers through the mountains of Georgia and North Carolina, about which William Bartram wrote enthusiastically in his Travels. Steph and Tom will transport you west to explore a section of the Bartram Trail. You’ll hear Bartram’s description of Martin Creek Falls, learn about the forests you can see there today, and discover how these forests have changed. Their book, Exploring Southern Appalachian Forests: An Ecological Guide to 30 Great Hikes in the Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia will be available for purchase and the authors will sign copies after the talk. Free; advanced registration required
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
The Literary Bartram
William Bartram's Travels published in 1791 has served as a fount of imagination for many drawn to his lush descriptions of the American South and pioneering observations of its native people. Two noted southern poets will show us how Bartram's ideas about the natural world influenced poets and writers. Georgia poet Philip Lee Williams will read from his book The Flower Seeker: An Epic Poem of William Bartram. Jeffery Beam will read poems inspired by Bartram’s work, including those from Romantic writers including Cooper, Thoreau, Moore, Carlos Williams, and Taggart. Beam is currently the poetry editor for the journal Oyster Boy Review. Fee: $15 ($10 NCBG Members)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Stalwarts of the Southern Garden: William Bartram and the Oakleaf Hydrangea
Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! Bartram’s Travels transcended scientific boundaries and deeply influenced Coleridge, Wordsworth and other Romantic poets. William Bartram became the first person to collect, describe or illustrate forty-two species of plants, among them the oakleaf hydrangea, Hydrangea quercifolia. Dallmeyer will trace how Bartram’s path intersected with this beloved native plant now known around the world. Dallmeyer directs the Environmental Ethics Certificate Program of the College of Environment and Design at the University of Georgia and is President of the Bartram Trail Conference. She also manages the Southern Nature Project, an e-community promoting writing about the Southern environment. Free; advanced registration required
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Birds and Squirrels at Your Feeder
Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! Join Haven, who specializes in animal behavior and ecology, for a discussion of the challenges and solutions to feeding (or not feeding) these animals at our feeders. Free, but pre-registration required.
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Winter Solstice Concert: A Tuba Holiday Concert
For its 2014 Winter Solstice concert, the Village Band Tuba/Euphonium ensemble will perform a selection of Pre-Christian and Christian winter carols, to include “Deck the Halls”, “Good King Wenceslas”, “The Holly and the Ivy”, “The Wassail Song”, “Carol of the Bells”, “Greensleeves”, “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming, “Pat-A-Pan”, and others. Free, no registration required.

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