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Spring Bulb Show Opening Lecture
Friday, March 4, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Campus Center Carroll Room - Free and open to the public
A Great Green Cloud: The Rise and Fall of the City of Elms
by Thomas J. Campanella, PhD, FAAR

Thomas J. Campanella

Decades before the Olmsted park, Yankee villagers planted elm trees on their streets and commons to forge a union of rus and urbe. The trees brought about "a kind of compromise between town and country," wrote Charles Dickens, "as if each had met the other halfway, and shaken hands upon it." The result was that lost masterpiece of American urbanism, "Elm Street." This lecture will explore the origins and diffusion of elm culture in the US, and show how our love affair with this native giant very nearly brought it to the edge of annihilation.

Campanella is an associate professor of city planning at Cornell University and director of the undergraduate Urban and Regional Studies program.

A recipient of Guggenheim, Fulbright and Rome Prize fellowships, Campanella's books include Republic of Shade: New England and the American Elm (Yale, 2003), The Resilient City: How Modern Cities Recover from Disaster (Oxford, 2005), and The Concrete Dragon: China's Urban Revolution and What It Means for the World (Princeton Architectural Press, 2008).

A reception and booksigning will follow at the Lyman Plant House. The Bulb Show will be on view in the illuminated Lyman Conservatory.

Spring Bulb Show 2016
Saturday March 5 - Sunday, March 20
10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays extended hours: 4:00 to 8:00 pm
$5 suggested donation

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The Evil Garden of Edward Gorey

book cover of "The Evil Garden"

Longtime Massachusetts resident Edward Gorey was a man of a singular sensibility. His books, numbering over 100, feature a whimsical and macabre style that is instantly recognizable, vaguely threatening, but also quite witty. Perhaps best known for the opening animation of the PBS series Masterpiece Mystery!, his works remain an American treasure.

When we discovered he had penned and illustrated a book entitled The Evil Garden, well, how could we resist the challenge of bringing a Gorey version of the bulb show to fruition? A slightly poisonous fruition, but to be sure, infinitely fun. But beware, as Gorey put it, "Few seem to return from the borders to which I've sent them."

Elements from Edward Gorey's The Evil Garden are used with the
permission of The Edward Gorey Charitable Trust. All rights reserved.

After the Show Bulb Sale 2016
Members Only Hours:
Saturday, March 26, 9:00 am to noon

General Public Hours:
Saturday, March 26, noon to 3:00 pm
Sunday, March 27, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Please bring your own trays or cardboard flats
prices range from $1 - $5 per pot

Mural 3 Rise of a Land Flora
New Permanent Exhibit:
Plant Life Through the Ages: A Mural of Plant Evolution

The Botanic Garden is proud to unveil a new 60-foot mural, consisting of eight panels depicting great moments in plant evolution. While there are numerous depictions of animal evolution, until now there has been no mural devoted specifically to the evolution of plants. Seeing this opportunity, the Botanic Garden stepped in to commission a mural and fill the void.
The stunning paintings were created by muralist Robert Evans. With a specialty in natural history, ethnography, and history, his work can be found at the Smithsonian, Mount Vernon, and numerous museums, zoos, and aquaria. This is his first installation at a botanical garden.

The eight panels will permanently reside along the corridor to the Palm House.

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