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Mass Hort Lecture on the History of Botanical Art


Govan_HeadshotIn conjunction with its Highgrove Florilegium Exhibit, our affiliate, Massachusetts Horticultural Society is pleased to present a lecture by Carol Govan on The History of Botanical Art on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, surrounded by beautiful facsimiles in the Highgrove Florilegium and historic prints from Mass Hort’s collection. This lecture will enhance your experience of the exhibit and knowledge of botanical art. 

Botanical illustration is the art of depicting the form, color and details of plant species with the goal of scientific accuracy. Govan will give us an overview of plant images created for various audiences through the ages. The first botanical illustrations were in herbals for medicinal use. Later florilegia described new and unusual plants discovered during colonizing efforts. Finally, scientific collections including floras, all plants in a particular area, and monographs or collections showing one plant family, show many beautiful botanical illustrations. 

Carol Govan is a professional artist, botanical illustrator and teacher. She teaches a variety of courses combining science and art at the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens, the New England Wild Flower Society, the Audubon Society and the Arnold Arboretum. She is on the faculty for the Certificate of Botanical Art at the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens. Member Cost: $15, Non-Member Cost $25

Guests will have the opportunity to visit the Exhibit before and after the lecture.

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Mass Hort Presents the Highgrove Florilegium February 11th to March 12th


Our affiliate Massachusetts Horticultural Society is hosting an Opening Reception for its Exhibition of watercolor facsimiles of the Highgrove Florilegium. The reception is on February 11, 2016, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Hunnewell Carriage House.  Opening remarks by Susanne Dowdall, volunteer docent from the Museum of Fine Arts will discuss the exhibit. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Mass Hort Members: $30, Non-Members: $40. Please register by February 10th by clicking here. For additional information call 617-933-4945. All proceeds benefit the Massachusetts Horticultural Society Library.

The Highgrove Florilegium is an exquisite two-volume set of 124 facsimile botanical watercolors of plants from TRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall’s garden at his family estate in Gloucestershire, England. Seventy-three renowned international artists painted the watercolors. The Highgrove Exhibit includes books and framed botanical prints from the collection.

Starting on February 12, 2016, the Exhibition is free and open to the public. In addition to viewing a selection of images from the Highgrove Florilegium, visitors will have the opportunity to view the exquisitely crafted books that contain these beautiful facsimiles. Visit for opening times. Docent led tours can be arranged for groups of 10 or more for a small fee. Contact Librarian Maureen Horn for more information at Image Cyathea australis. Addison Publications.

NELDHA Co-Sponsors Friends of Fairsted Lecture


NELDHA is a proud sponsor of the Friends of Fairsted lecture on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 “Parks: Cornerstones of Civic Revitalization.” It will be held at Wheelock College, 43 Hawes St., Brookline, Massachusetts beginning with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by the lecture at 7 p.m. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Reserve online or 617-566-1689, ext. 265

The lecturer is Rolf Diamant, a writer, historian and adjunct associate professor at the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. His talk will focus on how the tradition of public park making initiated by Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr.’s seminal Yosemite Report in 1865 continues today as an expression of national and community ideals.

Drop By and Say Hi at New England Grows

banner.cropNELDHA will be at New England Grows on December 2 to 4, 2015. This year the show was moved from cold snowy February to late Autumn taking advantage of more reliable weather. Look for our new Banner and drop by. We would love to hear your ideas for NELDHA's future, programming and what we can do for you! 

New England Grows is renowned for its world-class education offerings and innovative trend spotting. Founded in 1993 by green industry professionals for green industry professionals, the educational conference and exposition gives participants unique access to targeted, industry-specific products, information, education and connections. The New England Nursery Association, Massachusetts Arborists Association, Massachusetts Association of Landscape Professionals and Massachusetts Nursery & Landscape Association are the organization's founding partners.

NELDHA Co-Sponsors Friends of Fairsted Lecture


NELDHA is a proud co-sponsor of the Friends of Fairsted Lecture on Thursday, December 3, 2015. This year Ethan Carr, PhD and FSSLA, will discuss National Parks and the “Fairsted School”:  An Enduring Legacy. Mr. Carr is a landscape historian, award-winning author and professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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