We’re pleased to announce that we will be having Carol Woodin, Exhibitions Director for the American Society of Botanical Artists, giving our winter lecture this year. The lecture will take place at the Marbletown Community Center on March 7th. The lecture will begin at 7 p.m.; feel free to arrive anytime after 6:30, and stay after the lecture, to meet some other local plant enthusiasts. Carol will be talking about America’s “founding gardeners,” John and William Bartram, their plant-gathering expeditions (including trips to the Catskills, which we featured in a 2014 CNPS hike), and their impact on botanical art. (For more information on the Bartram legacy, try Bartram’s Garden and the Bartram Trail Conference.)
Carol Woodin is one of the world’s most accomplished botanical artists, holding a gold medal for her work from the Royal Horticultural Society, but that is only one of many accomplishments in a life that has included working as a tractor-trailer driver, being a survey cartographer, and doing just about anything to find orchids in their native habitats. She currently resides in the Rondout Valley and has shared her plant knowledge on several Catskill Native Plant Society hikes. For some of her work, take a look at her Facebook page (Carol Woodin Botanical Artist).
Come on out and join us for a delightful evening of botanical art (including some of Carol’s work), history, and appreciation of our local landscape. We will also be trying our hand at mixing “health tonicks” from a Bartram family recipe.