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Spring Bulb Show Opening Lecture
Places for the Spirit: Traditional African American Gardens,
by photographer Vaughn Sills
Friday, March 6 at 7:30 pm Campus Center Carroll Room
Free and open to the public

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Vaughn Sills

For twenty years, photographer Vaughn Sills collected images of a gardening style that, despite its long history, is unknown to most horticulturists and is disappearing quickly. Sills traveled through the Deep South searching out African-American folk gardens: those yards and gardens that reflect in form and organization some of the earliest African-American religious and cultural traditions.

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Vaughn will speak about her photographic odyssey which began in 1987 with a visit to a garden in Athens, Georgia. Her book: Places for the Spirit; TRADITIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN GARDENS, is a compilation of more than eighty photographs from her journey.

Vaughn Sills has exhibited widely, showing her work in museums and galleries, with several of her shows in the galleries of botanic gardens. She has received several significant awards. Twice she received the Artist's Fellowship in Photography by the Massachusetts Cultural Council; and she was given an award from Artadia Dialogue for Art and Culture among others. Her photographs and books earned the Gold Award from Garden Writers Association, and the Magazine Association for the Southeast.
Vaughn is Associate Professor Emerita at Simmons College and lives and works in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Followed by a reception and book signing at the Lyman Plant House, where the exhibition of the same name will be on view, as well as the Spring Bulb Show in the illuminated Lyman Conservatory.

Spring Bulb Show
March 7 - 22, 2015 - Lyman Conservatory
10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily
NEW! Extended Hours, Fridays Saturdays and Sundays, until 8:00 pm
$5 suggested donation

Monet's Garden

The 2015 Spring Bulb Show will draw its inspiration from the renowned garden at Giverney of the French Impressionist painter Claude Monet. Design elements, plants and color schemes from the garden will be scrutinized and recreated in our glasshouses. Take a trip to the French master's garden and get inspired to paint...or garden.


Eula Mary Owen's Yard, Jackson MS, 2001Exhibition:
Places for the Spirit:
by Vaughn Sills

Friday, March 6 - Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Lyman Plant House, Church Exhibition Gallery

A display of informational panels and 30 photographs from the book, with the same name, by Vaughn Sills.
Click on the exhibit title for more information.
After the Show Bulb Sale
Members ONLY Hours: Saturday, March 28, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
(please bring your membership card)
General Public: Saturday, March 28, 12:00 to 3:00 pm
& Sunday, March 29, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Commencement & Reunion
Medicinal Plants Conservatory Exhibit
The Healing Power of Plants
May 1 through May 31, 2015 -8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Physiology House, Lyman Conservatory

See some of the most widely used and important medicinal plants from around the world.

One of the plants featured; the Madagascar periwinkle, Catharanthus roseus; was originally believed to be an insulin substitute, it has recently proven helpful in the treatment of certain kinds of cancer.

Other plants featured include stevia, Stevia rebaudiana, turmeric, Curcuma longa, and lemongrass, Cymbopogon citratus. This exhibit gives an introduction to medicinal plants and how they are used in different healing practices all over the world today.

Curated by Botanic Garden Intern Shabnam Kapur '16

Dates of Future Bulb and Chrysanthemum Shows
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