I feel strongly that botanical gardens are about more than pretty scenery. A botanical garden is a living museum with a story to tell. I met the president of Brooklyn Botanic Garden a couple years ago and he was treated to a rant on this subject from me while we stood and looked around at the glorious Lily Pond Terrace Garden there at BBG. I told him that I thought most people looked at plants in a garden and just saw undifferentiated greenery. But plants are interesting because of their history. If you tell me that this is the plant that killed Socrates, and this is the plant that sickened members of Lewis and Clark's expedition–well now, you've got my attention!
I guess he understood what I was talking about, because two years later we've got this 'Wicked Plant' exhibit going on at BBG.
I'll be there on May 31 and July 25, and so will the artist, Briony Morrow-Cribbs. Her art from the book will be on exhibit all summer, and she'll teach a drypoint etching workshop on July 25. I'll give a talk on May 31, and we'll celebrate the opening of the art and plant exhibits together.
Get all the details here. I think the events require pre-registration, so be sure to check that out.Posted by Garden Rant on May 29, 2009 at 11:10 am, in the category What's Happening.