Plant Diversity: The Leitmotif of Botanical Gardens

April 12, 2016

Oaks and Beeches

Plant Diversity: The Leitmotif of Botanical Gardens

Richard T. Olsen, PhD, Director, US National Arboretum
Monday, April 18, 7:00–8:30pm, Hunnewell Building

Plant diversity, whether for conservational or aesthetic value, is the recurring theme in botanical gardens that connects our displays, research, and visitor experiences to our missions. While the domestication of crop species has significantly altered their genomes from that of their wild crop relatives, the majority of horticultural crops are not that far removed from their wild relatives. Thus, we still explore, document, and cultivate the untapped diversity in the world’s temperate floras to enrich our gardens. Join Richard Olsen, Director of the US National Arboretum, as he considers what legacies remain from early plant explorations, how do we document and capture diversity, and where do we go from here, in a century that will see so much lost to globalization?
Fee Free Arboretum members and students, $10 nonmember
Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277.

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