The concluding events for the “Set Off for Georgia…,” celebration of the 250th anniversary of John and William Bartram’s natural history expedition in Georgia will be held Oct. 10, beginning at 1 p.m. at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia when Joel T. Fry, curator at Bartram’s Garden, the home of John and William Bartram since 1992, gives an armchair exploration of the Bartram’s Garden and reconstructs how John and William’s discoveries from the Southeast were incorporated into this renowned Philadelphia garden. A reception will follow.
At 3 p.m., horticulturalist Linda Chafin will lead a garden tour highlighting plants discovered by the Bartrams now featured in the Garden’s collection. Bartram plants also will be available for purchase during the annual Fall Plant Sale.
At 7 p.m., participants will reconvene at the Russell Special Collections Libraries to hear Andrea Wulf, author of The Brother Gardeners, which won the American Horticultural Society 2010 Book Award. She will talk about the botanical passions, obsessions, friendships and squabbles that knitted together the lives of six men that changed the world of gardening and botany – including John Bartram, the cantankerous Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus, and Joseph Banks who joined Captain Cook’s Endeavour on the greatest voyage of discovery of modern times. Friends, rivals, enemies, their correspondence, collaborations, and squabbles make for a riveting human drama set against the backdrop of the emerging British empire and America’s magnificent forests. As botany and horticulture became a science, the garden became the Eden for everyman.
A reception, book-signing, and gallery tour will follow the lecture.