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A Talk by Author and Arborist William Logan on his best-selling book OAK: The Frame of Civilization

$10, Free to Members.  No reservations or pre-purchase of tickets necessary. 

A post-talk reception will be held for Arboretum Members.

What ink did DaVinci, Bach and Jefferson dip their pens in? What voice warned Jason and the Argonauts of danger? What charcoal made the finest swords? What food did millions eat before the coming of agriculture? What were the boats that first sailed to America made of? Where does the name Robinson come from, or for that matter Everson or Johnson? What is the root for the word meaning “door” in every language of the West?

The answers to all these questions, and more, are the substance of William Bryant Logan’s hypnotic and absorbing OAK: The Frame of Civilization.

An award-winning nature writer and practicing arborist, Logan shows how deeply embedded is the oak in our history, traditions, names, buildings, travels, food and even in our humanity. In telling the story of this remarkable tree, Logan combines science, philosophy, spirituality, and history with a contagious curiosity about who we are and why the world works the way it does.

This Author Talk will be the inaugural event in the brand new Education Center, which is built using twenty-one native trees from the Arboretum’s forest.


Earlier Event: September 2
The Artistry of Pruning
Later Event: September 15
Build Your Own Bluebird Box Workshop