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In the Footsteps of John Bartram: Native Plant Tour of the Catskills

with Carol Woodin. Co-hosted with Mountain Top Historical Society.

Cost: $10, Free to Members of Mountain Top Arboretum and Mountain Top Historical Society.

John Bartram and his son William were 18th century natural scientists and gardeners who explored throughout the eastern colonies. William was an accomplished illustrator. They are credited with many botanical discoveries, and introduced many North American plants to European gardens. John and William made journeys into the Catskills between 1741 and 1754.

The American Society of Botanical Artists wanted to make this history more widely known, and so created a project devoted to illustrating some of the Bartam plant discoveries, many of which occur in the Catskills. Beginning with a lecture, Carol will first touch on the fascinating history of the Bartrams and their travels throughout the northeast and in the Catskills. We will look at some of the artworks created for the project, especially those of plants that occur locally. Each has a fascinating story relating to the Bartrams and to our lives today. 

After the lecture we will take our cars a short drive to the Mountain Top Historical Society Visitor Center (in Haines Falls) to park and arrange carpooling to North/South Lake. There we'll walk in the footsteps of the Bartrams, following their salient journal entries. Carol, Paul Harwood and Robert Gildersleeve will lead us in retracing fascinating local botanical history. Bring a bag lunch for group picnicking, proper clothing/shoes for being outdoors and a water bottle.

Carol Woodin is the Director of Exhibitions for the American Society of Botanical Artists, organizing exhibitions of contemporary work for national audiences. Also a botanical artist specializing in rare plants, mainly orchids, Woodin’s work has been exhibited around the world. Some recent venues are the Shirley Sherwood Gallery, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK, Museo della Grafica, Pisa, Italy, and Newhouse Galleries, New York. It is included in the recent monograph Slipper Orchids of the Tropical Americas by Phillip Cribb.

Earlier Event: June 22
Story Time in the Shade
Later Event: July 6
Fairy Garden Creations for Kids