Plant Hunters

   9:30-11:30 a.m. 5-week course begins 3/13                    

What motives drive those who undertake hardships and danger to travel to remote parts of the world in search of new and unusual plants? We will try to answer that question by examining the lives of the 17th-century collectors, the Tradescants, father and son; the 18th-century American farmer turned botanist, William Bartram; and the more modern 19th and 20th-century plant hunters, David Douglas and Ernest Henry Wilson. Their searches covered the remote parts of Europe, Asia, and America largely in the service of those who garden. Note: Although the course begins with a study of garden design, it is not a course in practical gardening.

Although David Tarbet has been a professor of English literature and practiced law, his interest in plant exploration comes from leading tours of the Arnold Arboretum in Boston where he studied trees from all over the world and learned about those who had ventured far to bring those trees there. MSC.                        

                  

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