With Mary: The Audubon of Botany

July 13, 2016

With Mary: The Audubon of Botany

Marjorie G. Jones, JD, MA, Biographer

1 Session: Wednesday, July 13, 7:00–8:15pm

Known as the “Audubon of Botany,” Philadelphia, Quaker Mary Morris Vaux Walcott (1860–1940) was a gifted artist whose stunning watercolors comprise a catalog of North American wildflowers. Walcott was catapulted to the highest levels of society and national politics by a late and bold marriage to the secretary of the Smithsonian. Along with an early (1887) transcontinental travelogue, never-before published correspondence with fellow Quaker and First Lady Lou Henry Hoover, and Commissioner Mary Walcott’s reports for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Marjorie Jones’ biography reveals rich intersections of history, religion, politics, women’s studies, science, and art during the transformative times in which Walcott lived. Enjoy this talk accompanied by exquisite images of Walcott’s paintings. Also view the exhibition by the New England Society of Botanical Artists, on display (July 8–September 11) in the Hunnewell Building lecture hall.
Fee Free members, $5 nonmember
Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617.384.5277.

Presented jointly by the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens, and New England Wild Flower Society

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