- 17 Jan 2014 - 10:00 am
“What you need to know about Genetically Modified Foods”
Howard Garrett is well known to most of us in the Dallas Fort Worth area from hearing his radio show, “The Dirt Doctor”. He is a landscape architect by training, but has devoted his life to establishing a leadership role in the natural organic marketplace. He provides advice on natural organic gardening, landscaping, pet health, pest control, and natural living.
Along with other organic concerns, Howard will give us the latest news about the issue of GMO’s, or Genetically Modified Organisms in our food supply. He will provide a list of the worst GMO foods to avoid for the sake of good health.
He will also speak about the growing losses in the honeybee population, a concerning phenomenon called Colony Collapse Disorder. The number of managed honey bee colonies has dropped from 5 million in the 1940s to only 2.5 million today. Howard will tell us more about the possible causes of the decline in honeybees’ numbers, and he will suggest ways we can help.
- 21 Feb 2014 - 10:00 am
“The Drunken Botanist”
Sake began with a grain of rice. Scotch emerged from barley, tequila from agave, rum from sugarcane, bourbon from corn. Thirsty yet? In The Drunken Botanist, Amy Stewart explores the dizzying array of herbs, flowers, trees, fruits, and fungi that humans have, through ingenuity, inspiration, and sheer desperation, contrived to transform into alcohol. Of all the extraordinary and obscure plants that have been fermented and distilled, a few are dangerous, some are downright bizarre, and one is as ancient as dinosaurs–but each represents a unique cultural contribution to our global drinking traditions and our history.
Amy Stewart is the award-winning author of six books on the perils and pleasures of the natural world, including four New York Times bestsellers, The Drunken Botanist, Wicked Bugs, Wicked Plants, and Flower Confidential. She lives in Eureka, California, with her husband Scott Brown. They own an antiquarian bookstore called Eureka Books and tend a flock of unruly hens in their backyard.
Amy has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and many other newspapers and magazines. She is the co-founder of the popular blog GardenRant and is a contributing editor at Fine Gardening magazine.
- 21 Mar 2014 - 10:00 am
“The Brother Gardeners: Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession”
In this beautifully illustrated talk award–winning author Andrea Wulf tells the tale of a small group of 18th century naturalists that made England a nation of gardeners. It’s the story of a garden revolution that began in America with the farmer John Bartram who transformed the English landscape with the introduction of hundreds of American trees and shrubs.
The talk explores 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.
Andrea Wulf was born India, moved to Germany as a child, and now lives in Britain. She is the author of several books. Her book “The Brother Gardeners. Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession” won the American Horticultural Society 2010 Book Award and was long-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize 2008, the most prestigious non-fiction award in the UK. The “Founding Gardeners. The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation” was published under great acclaim in spring 2011 and made it on the New York Times Best Seller List. Andrea has written for many newspapers including the Guardian, the LA Times and the New York Times. She is the Eccles British Library Writer in Residence 2013 and a three-time fellow of the International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello.