Lectures, Programs & Travel

WCBG Friends Adult ed class

2014-2015 Horticultural Lectures and Programs for Adults

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NEW! 2014-2015 Program Brochure

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



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