Lectures, Programs & Travel

WCBG Friends Adult ed class

2014-2015 Horticultural Lectures and Programs for Adults

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Questions? Contact WCBG Friends: wcbgfriends@wellesley. edu or 781-283-3094.


Tour of Research Gardens and Global Flora:
Living Laboratories at Wellesley College Botanic Gardens

Explore the exciting opportunities for engaging in plant science at Wellesley College. Botanic Gardens Director Kristina Jones leads a tour of new gardens with a science education and research focus: the Creighton Educational Garden, Climate Change Monitoring Garden, Edible Ecosystem Teaching Garden, and Farm in a Box. After the garden tour, Kristina presents plans for Global Flora: transforming the five major houses of the Ferguson Greenhouse complex into an innovative display of plants from around the world, incorporating aesthetics, sustainable design, and new areas for plant study.

Tuesday, September 23 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. HOR 15 010
Co-sponsored by Wellesley College Alumnae of Boston (WCAB) and WCBG Friends.
Free for WCAB Members and WCBG Friends / Non-Members $15

A Walking Tour of the Hunnewell Estate

David Dusenbury, Superintendent of the Walter Hunnewell Estate property, will lead us on an approximately 90 minute walking tour of the horticultural and botanical features of this historical property including the Pinetum, started in 1866 by Horatio Hollis Hunnewell,
founder and creator of the estate.

There are more than 350 specimen conifers in the Pinetum, including spectacular mature specimens of Sargent’s weeping hemlock, cedar of Lebanon and dawn redwood. Other highlights include the lakeside topiary of the Italian Garden, the massive weeping beech in front of the residence, and the Hunnewell rhododendrons, said to be the oldest cultivated specimens in the United States.

Meet at the WCBG Visitor Center to walk over to the Hunnewell Estate. Tour takes place on October 1 even if there are showers or light rain. We will only use the rain date of October 8 in the case of thunderstorms or torrential downpours. Please dress appropriately for the weather, including suitable footwear. Note that there will be a moderate amount of
walking over uneven paths.

Thanks to Wellesley alumna Luisa Hunnewell DS’94 for so generously sharing her wonderful landscape with the Friends.

Wednesday, October 1 (Rain Date: Wednesday, October 8)
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. HOR 15 020
Members $20 / Non-Members $30


Plant Stories and Poetry Reading Group

Bring your lunch and join us at the WCBG Visitor Center for a weekly discussion of short stories and poetry featuring plants with experienced group leader Joan Parrish, WCBG docent with a master’s degree in adult education. Each week read one assigned short story and one poem for discussion. A variety of gardens provide inspiration for works by authors including Eudora Welty, Garrison Keeler and Jane Smiley. The story and poem for the fi rst session can be picked up at the WCBG Friends office.

5 Fridays: October 17, 24, 31; November 7, 14
12:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. HOR 15 030
Members Free / Non-Members $25


Food of the Gods: Chocolate Production from Bean to Bar

This talk by WCBG Botany Fellow Katie Goodall will explore the journey of chocolate from tropical landscapes to consumers all over the world. Focusing on Latin America, we will discuss cacao’s botanical origins, cultural history, cultivation methods and their ecological impacts. And what’s a chocolate talk without a tasting? Be sure to come ready to savor the flavors of local specialty chocolates!

Wednesday, November 5 1:30 p.m. lecture HOR 15 040
Members Free / Non-Members $10