Morris Arboretum’s 2018-20189 Lecture Series Returns this Fall

The Morris Arboretum Lecture Series returns this fall with talks by speakers who will discuss a wide range of topics intended to create a deeper and broader understanding of our natural world beyond gardens.

 

The lecture series kicks off on Wednesday, October 10 at 2pm with University of Maryland entomology professor and Science Channel expert, Mike Raupp, with his talk, What a Warming World Means for Insect Pest Outbreaks. 

 

How does global warming affect us and other creatures on earth? Join internationally recognized, Mike Raupp as he reviews evidence for and possible causes of climate change. See how warmer temperatures alter the geographic ranges of insect pests, their seasonal life cycles, and interactions among plants, animals that eat plants, and their natural enemies. Learn about invasive species and urban heat islands. Raupp has more than 250 publications and has made more than 1,200 presentations on the ecology and management of insects and mites. His most recent book, 26 Things that Bug Me introduces youngsters to the wonders of insects and natural history, while Managing Insect and Mites on Woody Landscape Plants is a standard for the arboricultural industry. This lecture carries 1.5 CEUs for ISA certified arborists (S=1.5, P=0, M=0).

For the next lecture, meet Mira Shizuko Nakashima on Wednesday, November 7, 2 pm for her talk, The Living Legacy of George Nakashima.  This lecture is being presented in partnership with the Ambler Theater, and will be held at Ambler Theatre at 108 East Butler Avenue, Ambler, PA.

George Nakashima, born in Spokane, Washington in 1905, was an American woodworker, architect, and furniture maker based in nearby New Hope. He was one of the leading innovators of 20th century furniture design and a father of the American craft movement. In this illustrated lecture, Nakashima’s daughter, Mira will provide a brief overview of her father’s life before woodworking, including some of his architectural work and through some of the processes involved in envisioning and creating a piece of furniture.

 

The lecture series concludes on Thursday, December 5, 2pm (rescheduled from March 2018) with Dr. Richard Olsen, Director of the U.S. National Arboretum, with The National Arboretum’s Impact on the American Landscape.

One of the world’s premier woody plant research facilities and public gardens, the National Arboretum has developed superior plants through genetic improvement, evaluation, and selection, thereby contributing to diverse and sustainable American landscapes. Learn about its valuable collections, its important collaborations with peer institutions such as Morris Arboretum, and how exciting new ventures will continue to expand the relevance and impact of the National Arboretum.

Lectures are supported in part by the Klein Lecture Endowment given in memory of Dr. William M. Klein who served from 1977-1990 as the Arboretum’s first full-time director; the Laura L. Barnes Lecture Endowment of The Philadelphia Foundation, given in memory of Laura Barnes by students and alumni of her school of horticulture; and the Byron Lukens Lecture Endowment, given in memory of educator and Arboretum volunteer, Byron Lukens and his wife Elizabeth.

 

The Morris Arboretum Lecture series talks in October and December will be held at the Arboretum’s Widener Visitor Center; November’s lecture will be held at Ambler Theater. The cost for each lecture is $15 for Arboretum members and $20 for non-members, which includes admission to the garden for the October and December talks.  Advanced registration and payment are required.  Please call 215-247-5777, ext. 125 or education@morrisarboretum.org to make your reservation.

Morris Arboretum is a 92-acre horticultural display garden that features a spectacular collection of mature trees in a beautiful and colorful landscape.  The official arboretum of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, effective 1988, Morris Arboretum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and accredited by the American Association of Museums.  For more information, visit: www.morrisarboretum.org

Photo Credit:  Courtesy, Mike Raupp

Photo Caption: The Morris Arboretum Lecture Series returns this fall with fascinating topics that are about more than gardening, but with a common thread that connects us to our natural, green world.  The lecture series kicks off on Wednesday, October 10 at 2pm with Mike Raupp and his talk, What a Warming World Means for Insect Pest Outbreaks.  Advanced registration and payment are required.  Please call 215-247-5777, ext. 125 or education@morrisarboretum.org to make your reservation.