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Horticulture & Folklore Speaker Series

December through March 2020-2021, 7:00 - 9:00 PM EST
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Event Details

We have all looked for four-leaf clovers at some point in our lives, but did you know that the red clover (Trifolium pratense) is one of the earliest economic plants cultivated in agricultural countries?   Highly esteemed by the Greeks and Romans, as well as the Celts and Druids, it has always been a symbol of good and evil. A five-leaf clover was thought to be unlucky and a four-leaf clover to bring good luck.  "One leaf for fame, and one for wealth, one for the faithful lover, and one to bring you glorious health are in a four-leaf clover."


Join Women in Horticulture as we learn more myths, folklore, and fascinating facts about plants in our virtual Horticulture and Folklore Speaker Series.  We kick off the series on Tuesday, December 8th with KaMele Sanchez from Greenwise Organic Lawncare presenting "Hawaiian People and Plants". Each month we will host different speakers and topics. On January 5th, Sue Hunter, president of the Holly Society of America, will present "Hollies: The Crown Jewel in the Horticultural World". On February 9th, we will learn about "Folklore and Medicinal Plants" from Julia Zoltowsky of the Chicago Botanic Garden. On Tuesday, March 9th Kim Andrews, executive director of the Japan Society of America of Greater Philadelphia and Shofuso House and Garden, will speak to "Symbolism and Function in Japanese Gardens". The series will continue throughout 2021 and as long as there is interest to be had and knowledge to be shared.

These presentations are all free, but we welcome donations! 

Recordings will be available on our YouTube page.


HUGE thank you to our speakers for donating their time and sharing their expertise!!!

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Symbolism and Function in Japanese Gardens

by  Kim Andrews

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When: Tuesday, March 9th, 2021 6:00 pm CT/ 7:00 pm ET


Description: Shofuso Executive Director, Kim Andrews, discusses the religious and historic symbolism of horticultural and built elements in the Japanese garden in this beautiful slideshow. Visual metaphors in design are central to this traditional art form. This presentation includes an eight minute video about the 2020 installation of a pebble beach pondside at Shofuso, featuring Shofuso Head Gardener Sandi Polyakov.

Bio: Kim Andrews has been Executive Director of Shofuso since 2010. As Executive Director, Kim administers Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center, oversees the annual Philadelphia Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival, leads the US-Japan Business & Public Policy series, and directs JASGP’s additional Japanese arts, business, and cultural educational programs. She holds a B.A. in Art History and French from Temple University, an M.A. in Preventive Conservation from Northumbria University in Newcastle, UK, and a certificate in nonprofit management from the Nonprofit Center at LaSalle University.


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Past Presentations

Hawaiian People & Plants

by  KaMele Sanchez

Hollies: The Crown Jewel in the Horticultural World
by Sue Hunter Woerthwein

Folklore and Medicinal Plants

by Julia Zoltowsky

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