North Carolina Botanical Garden


LUNCHBOX Talk: Trillium: A Natural History and Life Cycle Through Botanical Art

with The local circle of the American Society of Botanical Artists and Olivia Lenahan, NCBG Native Plant Studies Instructor

Date: Thursday, March 12, 2020

Time: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Fee: Free, preregistration required.


It is an extra special thrill hiking through North Carolina’s piedmont or mountain woodlands in the spring and suddenly encountering a Trillium or better yet, a colony of them. This exquisite ephemeral wildflower emerges in March or April and is all but camouflaged among the leaf mulch of our deciduous trees until its striking single flower announces its presence. It’s seen briefly before it disappears underground again by the end of June.

The local circle of the American Society of Botanical Artists have teamed up with an instructor from the Garden’s Native Plants Studies Certificate Program to tell the complex and beautiful story of Trilliums using original artwork in a presentation portraying the species of the Piedmont and their natural history. The over twenty original drawings, paintings and illustrations will also be on display during the presentation.


After this talk, visit the DeBerry Gallery for an exhibit of the artwork featured in the presentation, and take a walk through the NCBG Mountain Habitat Garden to see the Trilliums in their full display


Registration open through 3/11/2020 11:59 PM

About the Speaker

Olivia Lenahan is a horticulturist and scientific editor. She received her M.S. in horticultural science from Washington State University, studying crop load dynamics of sweet cherry trees. She holds a Ph.D. from Iowa State University and focused her research on the cold hardiness of Styrax americanus (American snowbell). Currently she edits and produces publications for a peer-reviewed journal based in the Forest Biomaterials department at North Carolina State University. She has taught courses in botany, plant family taxonomy, and native plants for shade and groundcovers.


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Allen Education Center, Building A
100 Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517