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2014-2015 Horticultural Lectures and Programs for Adults

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The Versatility of Black and White: A History of Pen and Ink

Carol Govan discusses the centuries-old tradition of creating pen and ink illustrations, which are valuedfor their rich detail and ability to be reproduced for scientific as well as artistic purposes. Examples of drawings from artists like Van Gogh and Rembrandt in addition to many botanical artists from the past and present will reveal the beauty of using ink. Carol will also discuss the materials used as well as techniques such as weighted line, cross-hatch and stipple, which enhance the simple contrast of black and white.
Monday, April 13 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. HOR 15 100
Members Free / Non-Members $10

Growing Behind Prison Walls

Research Technician Mia Howard and Lab Instructor Marcy Thomas are volunteers in the newly created Horticulture Program at the Framingham Women’s Correctional Facility, where the College's mission of “Women Helping Women” is advanced through a shared goal to have inmates learn new skills and grow food to donate to women’s shelters. Come and hear about Mia and Marcy’s experiences working alongside women prisoners, helping with the planting and transplanting, and contributing to the program’s growth.
Tuesday, April 28 4:15 p.m. HOR 15 110
Members Free / Non-Members $10

Tablet Tech for Gardeners

Explore how the tablet computer can be an invaluable tool in the garden with Sarah Roche as your guide. Feel free to bring your tablet with you.
Tuesday, May 19 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. HOR 15 120
Members Free / Non-Members $10

Th e (Under)story of Coffea arabica: Biodiversity, farmer livelihoods and your caffeine addiction

Botany Fellow Katie Goodall discusses how farmers support biodiversity and their own livelihoods by taking advantage of coffee’s capacity to be grown in the understory of managed forests. Explore how consumers can voice solidarity with farmer-led sustainable production efforts.
Monday, June 1 
3:00 p.m. reception 4:00 p.m. lecture      HOR 15 AM
The lecture is followed by Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration Awards Ceremony