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Inside the Collection Talks by Kathy Allen @ the Arboretum

Inside the Collection: Wild About Wildflowers (100-04-18-12)
Wednesday, April 18, Noon - 1:00 p.m.
$7.50 member/$10.00 non-member, All Levels, Lecture, Limit 30, Snyder Building
Regions, countries, and states are all proud of the wildflowers that grow in their area. Wildflowers of the Holy Land, Wildflowers of America, and Wildflowers of California are just some of the titles from the Rare Book Room, not to mention charming illustrations in antique seed catalogs. With Andersen Horticultural Library head Kathy Allen, you will have an exclusive viewing of these treasures, after which you might want to take the time to look at the living examples in the gardens.


Inside the Collection: Take Two Licorice Roots and Call Me in the Morning (100-05-16-12)
Wednesday, May 16, Noon - 1:00 p.m.
$7.50 member/$10.00 non-member, Beginner-Intermediate, Lecture / Demo, Limit 30, Snyder Building
Herbals from the 16th century offer an eye into how important the knowledge of plants was in treating ailments. Without professional doctors at hand, men and women needed to be able to recognize the plants that could provide relief to a large range of illnesses. In this class, Andersen Horticultural Library head Kathy Allen will take you on a journey through these wonderfully illustrated volumes about the plants and what they reveal about how these plants should be used (or not).




Inside the Collection: Shaping the Land (100-06-20-12)
Wednesday, June 20, Noon - 1:00 p.m.
$7.50 member/$10.00 non-member, Beginner-Intermediate, Lecture / Demo, Limit 30, Snyder Building
The scope and definition of landscape design has drastically evolved in thought and practice of the centuries. In this class, led by Andersen Horticulture Library head Kathy Allen, you will gain an understanding of how changes have occurred and reoccurred in landscape design and architecture, from the innovative "red books" of Humphry Repton, to a look at formal gardens in England and Scotland.



Inside the Collection: Flowers Personified (100-09-05-12)
Wednesday, September 5, Noon-1 p.m.
$7.50 member/$12.00 non-member, All Levels, Lecture / Demo, Limit 30, Snyder Building

Flowers have long been associated with special meanings, with poetry, and with magical creatures. Learn some phrases in the "language of flowers" and examine books from the middle decades of the 19th century that pair floral bouquets with poetry. Join Andersen Horticulture Librarian Kathy Allen as she shares with you an especially charming book which the library has in both French and English: The Flowers Personified, or, Les fleurs animeĀ“es. Take home a print scanned from this lovely book.

Inside the Collection: Out of the Woods (100-10-03-12)
Wednesday, October 3, Noon - 1:00 p.m.
$7.50 member/$12.00 non-member, All Levels, Lecture / Demo, Limit 30, Snyder Building

Trees capture our attention this time of year with their beautiful leaves - let the "leaves" of rare books dazzle you as well. Andersen Horticulture Librarian Kathy Allen will share some unique and finely illustrated works including a multi-volume set of actual wood slices from hundreds of different trees and a volume of portraits of majestic trees in their pastoral surroundings.

Inside the Collection: Look at a Book (100-11-07-12)
Wednesday, November 7, Noon- 1 p.m.
$7.50 member/$12.00 non-member, All Levels, Lecture / Demo, Limit 30, Snyder Building

Sometimes the design and construction of a book is as interesting as its contents. Andersen Horticultural Library has some exquisite examples that librarian Kathy Allen will share, including a 40-lb. volume of The Highgrove Florilegium, wrapped in its own handmade blanket. Other items include a book created in 1651, and fine printmaking examples by artist and book maker C.B. Sherlock and wood engraver Gaylord Schanilec.

Inside the Collection: Curator's Choice (100-12-05-12)
Wednesday, December 5, Noon-1 p.m.
$7.50 member/$12.00 non-member, All Levels, Lecture / Demo, Limit 30, Snyder Building

Andersen Horticulture Librarian Kathy Allen has selected a number of choice items from Andersen Horticultural Library's climate-controlled "vault." They are currently her favorites for their beauty, design, rarity, or just plain quirkiness. In addition to books, an array of antique seed and nursery catalogs and miscellaneous objects will be shared. This is a rare glimpse inside this dazzling library right here at the Arboretum!