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Botanic Garden press release   Date: 2/8/10 Bookmark and Share

Botanic Garden Auction Features Woods of the World

Northampton, Mass.—The Botanic Garden will auction off the remnant pieces of a wide variety of exotic woods from the its Woods of the World exhibition during a silent auction Friday, Feb. 12, in the Church Exhibition Gallery at Lyman Conservatory. Bidding will take place from 7 to 8 p.m.

The auction will offer wood pieces from 150 species in the facility’s permanent display. Sizes up for bid are posted online (pdf). Bidding prices will start at half the original cost to the Botanic Garden (pro-rated to size). All pieces of one species will be sold in one lot.

The remnant pieces are best suited for small woodworking projects or for a collection. Some pieces may be of particular interest, such as kauri (Agathis australis), which was preserved in a New Zealand bog and is thought to be 50,000 years old. There are pieces with very beautiful colors, like the purple purpleheart (Peltogyne paniculata), pinkish-red and brown chatke-kok (Simira salvadorensis), black ebony (Diospyros sp.), red bloodwood (Brosimum sp.), yellow yellowheart (Euxylophora paraensis) and orange African padauk (Pterocarpus soyauxii). Others have unique grain, like lacewood (Grevilla robusta), snakewood (Brosimum guianense), zebrawood (Microberilinia brazzavillensis), Tasmanian blackheart (Atherosperma moschatum), tulipwood (Dalbergia frutescens) and zircote (Cordia dodecandra). A few figured woods include ambrosia maple (Acer rubrum) and spalted empress tree (Paulownia tomentosa) and we have woods that are hard to find and expensive to buy like boxwood (Buxus sempervirens) and European olive (Olea europaea).

The Church Exhibition Gallery will open at 6 p.m. for the silent auction wood viewing. Bidding will start at 7. Only cash or checks will be accepted.

The Lyman Conservatory is wheelchair-accessible and there is one handicapped parking space in front. Parking will be permitted along the pond side of College Lane during the auction.

In case of inclement weather, the event will take place February 19, same time and place. For more information, call 585-2732 or visit


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