October 25, 2017 – Dr. Richard Benfield presents:
Thieves, Charlatans, and Crooks: The Wild and Wonderful World of Plant Origins
How did those amazing plants from all over the world get into our gardens?
John Bartram Botanizing
Someone had to find them, bring them back and cultivate them.
Joseph Hooker’s 1877 Colorado Expedition with Dr. & Mrs Asa Gray, et.al.
Recently that has been done by great plantsmen like Dan Hinkley but in the past the collectors were a bit
Plant Explorers after the unique whatever the difficulty
more colorful. Come and learn about the daring do.
Dr. Richard W. Benfield
Dr. Richard Benfield
is Professor of Geography at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut, where among his other duties he teaches courses in tourism, particularly in connection with culture and conservation. His current research interests are in biogeography and particularly garden tourism, and the use of tourism as a conservation tool through the great botanic gardens of the world. He has also published extensively and spoken widely on the geography of Floriculture. As part of his research he has traveled in over 115 countries and seen the botanic gardens and other private gardens in just about all of them. In 2010 he traveled to the gardens of South Africa, the Middle East, China and the Valley of Flowers, India where he researched the intersection of garden tourism and conservation.
In 2013, his book, Garden Tourism, was published by CABI Press, Abingdon, England
The Hardy Plant Society meeting will take place at the Solomon Welles House, 220 Hartford Avenue, Wethersfield CT. Socializing and goodies will begin at 7:00PM with the speaker at 7:30 PM. Members whose last names begin with N-Z are asked to bring goodies in October.