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Annual Celebration of Women in Horticulture

Wednesday, March 27th 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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2nd Annual Celebration of Women in Horticulture Presents: Dr. Chantel White — Plants with a Past: Botanical Archaeology

This event is hosted by Temple University Ambler Arboretum. Registration is required. 

Meet and Greet 5:30 pm- 7:00 pm

Meet up with other women working in horticulture and related green industries at this annual event. Find out what your colleagues are doing as they gear up for the coming season. Enjoy a relaxed, informal, safe space over light refreshments. Then stay for the lecture that covers such topics as botany, history, poetry, archaeology, and of course, horticulture! Meet and Greet will be in the Hilda Justice Building

Plants with a Past: Botanical Archaeology Presented by Dr. Chantel White 

Lecture begins at 7:00 pm

Learning Center Auditorium, Temple University Ambler, 580 Meetinghouse Road, Ambler, PA 19002

Directions and a map of the campus can be found here.

Archaeologists have uncovered exciting evidence for ancient gardens, including the temple gardens of Mesopotamia and the house gardens at Pompeii. Dr. Chantel White, archaeobotanist at the Penn Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, will describe how gardens are preserved and identified. She will then discuss her ongoing archaeobotanical work in the nineteenth-century gardens of American poet Emily Dickinson, located in Amherst, MA, and Philadelphia’s own botanical legacy, the Bartram family’s gardens. Archaeological research continues to provide new information about the daily lives of these famed gardeners and the scientific worlds they inhabited.


This annual event recognizes women in the field of horticulture who epitomize the founding principles of the Pennsylvania School of Horticulture for Women (PSHW). The women recognized and presenting each year embody the “educated and earnest-minded women” with “trained hands and trained minds” that were the product of the PSHW. The presenters represent women who continue to do work in the field while advancing the profession and science of horticulture.

WinH members can attend for free but registration is required. 

Contact for discount codes and more information. 

About Dr. Chantel White 


Dr. Chantel White is engaged in archaeological research and teaching at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM), where she has been the Teaching Specialist for Archaeobotany since 2015. Prior to arriving in Philadelphia, White was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Notre Dame after receiving her PhD from Boston University in archaeology in 2013. In addition to teaching courses on ethnobotany and archaeobotany at Penn, her research interests include environmental archaeology, agricultural origins and intensification, and experimental archaeology. She has carried out field research in many regions around the world and maintains current archaeobotanical projects in Greece, Israel, Jordan, and the United States.

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