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WCBG Friends Adult ed class

2018-2019 Horticultural Lectures and Programs for Adults

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


Science: Tell It Like a Story
Our ancestors knew that traditional tales about nature hold attention, teach content, and inspire curiosity to know more. In this workshop led by nationally-known storyteller Fran Stallings ’65, learn to use the same story elements that work in time-tested folk tales to craft science information into nonfiction narratives that make complicated ideas easy to remember, and help listeners see meaning in masses of facts.
Tuesday, April 2, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.    HOR 19 030
Wellesley College Club
Members Free / Non-Members $10
Seeing Nature with Carol Govan
Carol Govan will talk about the website she is developing, called “Seeing Nature: the Connection between Art and Science.” It combines all the fun
she had teaching and taking various courses at the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens, the Garden in the Woods and the Eagle Hill Institute. She uses art as a process to slow down and record what she sees, and science to research what she has been looking at. This website is a way for her to create her own reference book of illustrated nature observations.
Thursday, April 18, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.    HOR 19 040
Botanists John Lindley and Asa Gray
Join Carol Govan to discover John Lindley, the most prominent British botanist, and Asa Gray, the most prominent American botanist of the 19th century. In addition to their work in botany, they both were botanical illustrators at a time when botanical art was essential to depict the new plants being discovered all over the world.
Thursday, May 16, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.    HOR 19 050
Lectures held at Wellesley College Club
Each lecture: Members Free / Non-Members $10