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American Eden: From Monticello to Central Park to Our Backyards — What Our Gardens Tell Us About Who We Are
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 @ 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
Lecture and Book Signing with Featured Speaker:
Wade Graham, Ph.D.
Landscape designer, historian and writer, adjunct faculty, School of Public Policy, Pepperdine University
Photo Credit: Laure Joliet for The New York Times
Introduction: Peter Wyse Jackson, President, Missouri Botanical Garden
Author Wade Graham presents from his book, American Eden: From Monticello to Central Park to Our Backyards – What Our Gardens Tell Us About Who We Are. He details the social history of four centuries of American gardens and how our relationship with gardens and landscapes has reflected our national identity through the years.
From Monticello to Michelle Obama’s kitchen plot, you won’t want to miss this fascinating look at the American love for finding sanctuary and sustenance in our gardens.
Graham is a landscape designer, historian and writer based in Los Angeles who has written widely on issues and policies related to urban life that have appeared frequently in the Los Angeles Times, the New Yorker, and Harper’s, among others. Dr. Graham has a PhD in American history and teaches urbanism and environmental policy at Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy.
Presentation from 11 a.m. to Noon in the Garden’s Shoenberg Theater;
book signing immediately following from noon to 1 p.m. in the Garden Gate Shop.
FREE and OPEN to ALL. Registration not required.
Middle, high school and university students welcome to attend.
Missouri Botanical Garden Shoenberg Theater
4344 Shaw Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63110
FREE PARKING on site and two blocks west at the Shaw-Vandeventer intersection.
Presented in partnership with:
Missouri Botanical Garden grounds open at 7 a.m. most Wednesdays and Saturdays (exception: special admission rate events). Admission is $8; free to children ages 12 and under and Garden members. St. Louis City and County residents are $4 and free most Wednesdays and Saturdays until noon (exception: special admission rate events – third weekend of May, Memorial Day 2012, Labor Day weekend and first weekend of October). Park for free on site and two blocks west at the Shaw-Vandeventer intersection. The Garden is accessible via public transportation by taking the MetroLink commuter rail line and picking up a Metro bus (www.metrostlouis.org). For general information, log on to www.mobot.org or call the 24-hour recording at 314-577-5100 or 1-800-642-8842.