The Bartrams in My Backyard – Lecture

Eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis)

Eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis)

John Bartram and his son William explored the American Colonies from New England to Florida in the 1700’s discovering and collecting native plants, cultivating them on their farm near Philadelphia and selling them to clients in England. A self-educated man, John was made “Botanist to the King” and William’s keen observations of nature were recorded in his book “Travels” as well as in 68 botanical illustrations now held by the Natural History Museum of London.

This lecture will illuminate the story of these often overlooked figures of American history along with many of the similarly overlooked plants they noticed. Stunning photography of Bartram plants that currently grow in the St. Louis region along with images of contemporary botanical artworks from the recent touring exhibition “Following in the Bartrams’ Footsteps” curated by the American Society of Botanical Artists will accompany the lecture.

When: Tuesday, February 9, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Foundry Art Centre, Ameristar Gallery
Cost: Free
Registration: None required
Parking: Free in the lot

About Jody Williams:
I am fascinated by the beauty, variety and intricacy of the botanical world. The colors, shapes, and patterns of flowers, leaves, and fruit have inspired artists and crafts people thoughout the ages and continue to inspire me. As a self-taught artist, photographer, designer and gardener, my favorite subjects are the ones that grow around me in nature or in one of my garden plots. Collecting and reading books about art and design, color theory and botanical illustration are favorite pastimes.

Thank you to Peggy Whetzel for forwarding this information.