The United State Botanic Gardens will host a special lecture series about botanic gardens and how they have contributed to our knowledge of plants.
Alain Touwaide, Scientific Director of the Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions, and Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institute, will explore four gardens and discuss their contributions to botanical history. A brief overview of this lecture series follows. Please click on the links to read details about each lecture.
Attendance is free. Pre-registration required.
Botanic Gardens from Old World to New World
Friday, February 6, 2015 (12 – 1 PM)
Archaeobotany has revealed spaces where non-native plants were introduced. Explore ancient gardens in this city destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE.
Friday, February 13, 2015 (12 -1 PM)
Join Alain as he leads you on a botanical journey involving Byzantine ambassadors, books, and ancient gardens.
Friday, February 20, 2015 (12 – 1 PM)
Immerse yourself in the Renaissance as Alain discusses botanical studies from this time period.
The Birth of Modern Botany
Friday, February 27, 2015 (12 – 1 PM)
Discover how 16th century exploration and illustrated manuscripts gave rise to modern botany.