Horticulture & Folklore Speaker Series
December through March 2020-2021, 7:00 - 9:00 PM EST
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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.
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These presentations are all free. Recordings will be available on our YouTube page.
HUGE thank you to our speakers for donating their time and sharing their expertise!!!
Folklore and Medicinal Plants
by Julia Zoltowsky
When: Tuesday, February 9th, 2021 6:00 pm CT/ 7:00 pm ET
Description: Many medicinal wild plants have stories to them – not only stories about the ailments they can heal but stories about how they can bring you luck, love, and even money. In this talk, we will explore some of the more common medicinal plants found widely across North America and their folklore. From Cinquefoil (Potentilla sp.) to Elderberry (Sambucas sp.). Join Julia Zoltowsky in uncovering the amusing and interesting folklore of medicinal wild plants.
Bio: Self-taught plant nerd and herbalist, professional horticulturist, permaculture practitioner and backyard farmer, Julia has been working with the land for over a decade. With a Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies from Naropa University in Boulder, CO and hailing from South Florida, Julia brings a wide knowledge of plants from around the country and enjoys sharing her gained experience around dune/wetland restoration, urban gardening, as well as display gardening. Julia currently works at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Email to receive the zoom link. In the subject line of the email write "Folklore & Medicinal Plants" so we know which event you are registering for.
Symbolism and Function in Japanese Gardens
by Kim Andrews
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.
Email to receive the zoom link. In the subject line of the email write "Symbolism and Function in Japanese Gardens" so we know which event you are registering for.