Friends of the Arboretum Lecture

"Well's Natural Gardens: Photos and Prose"
Thomas Wentworth, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Plant Biology, NC State University

  • Thursday, January 22, 2009 – 7:30 pm9:00 pm

This presentation focuses on the life and work of pioneer ecologist B. W. Wells. Wells was professor and head of the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at North Carolina State College (now North Carolina State University) from 1919 to 1949, and he remained on the faculty until his retirement in 1954. Wells was one of the first generation of ecologists in the United States, and he contributed in fundamental ways to our understanding of the ecological conditions and processes responsible for North Carolina's diversity of natural communities. The presentation is illustrated with Wells' own remarkable photographs, four-by-five-inch negatives he converted to glass lantern slides. Many of these black-and white photographs, featuring native plants and natural communities, were hand-tinted by Wells. The presentation also features readings from Wells' popular work, The Natural Gardens of North Carolina, originally published in 1932. The combination of Wells' inimitable writing style and his lovely photographs should be of interest to anyone interested in North Carolina's natural history and native plants.

Free for Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum members, NC State University students (with ID), and Department of Horticultural Science faculty and staff, all others $5.00.
Advance registration is not available.
Ruby C. McSwain Education Center, JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.
Please call (919) 513-7005 for more information about this lecture.