Lecture Schedule

Spring 2014

Cultivating Beauty: The Ethnobotany and Biology of the Orchid Family
Sunday March 9, 2014 – 4:00 pm, @ The New York Botanical Garden, in the Arthur and Janet Ross Lecture Hall
Presented by Marc Hachadourian, Manager of the Nolen Greenhouses and Curator of Orchids, The New York Botanical Garden
This lecture will be presented in conjunction with The Orchid Show and will be followed by our annual banquet.
“…there was an orchid there as beautiful as the seven deadly sins.” – Oscar Wilde
For centuries the orchid has held a special fascination in both horticulture and popular culture, perhaps unrivaled among cultivated plants. These charismatic and often enigmatic plants have fueled the minds and imaginations of scientists, horticulturists, and admirers alike—some even claiming to have been hypnotized and enslaved by their beauty. The diversity and distribution of the orchid family has allowed exposure to many cultures throughout history, providing orchids with unique and captivating roles as objects of legend and lore. Although well known for their horticultural popularity and intrigue, their use and interest by people for medicines, aphrodisiacs, and artistic muses is almost unparalleled in the floral kingdom. Join Marc Hachadourian, Curator of the Orchid Collection at The New York Botanical Garden, for a presentation of the extraordinary aura and mystery surrounding one of the world’s most celebrated plants.

 

Urban vegetation in New York City: Ecosystem functions in both natural and built environments
Tuesday April 8, 2014 – 6:30 pm, The Central Park Arsenal
Presented by Dr. Matt Palmer, Columbia University

 

Island Hopping for Caribbean Orchids
Sunday, April 13, 20144:00 pm, @ The New York Botanical Garden, Arthur and Janet Ross Lecture Hall
Presented by James D. Ackerman, Professor of Biology, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras
This lecture will be presented in conjunction with NYBG’s Orchid Show and will be followed by a book signing and sale of Dr. Ackerman’s new book, Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles.
“…orchids are universally acknowledged to rank among the most singular and most modified forms in the vegetable kingdom…” — Charles Darwin
From Anegada in the northeastern corner of the Caribbean to the tip of western Cuba, the Greater Antilles stretch across nearly 1,500 miles comprising a geologically complex group of islands that are home to a remarkably species-rich flora and fauna, making the region one of the world’s Biodiversity Hotspots.  Nearly 600 orchid species reside on these culturally diverse islands, and to get a good sense of this diversity, their intriguing biology, and the habitats in which they reside, ideally one must go where they are in Nature.  Alternatively, join Dr. James D. Ackerman, Jr., Professor at the University of Puerto Rico, as he unveils the beauty and unravels the mysteries of the public and private lives of the species he portrays in his new book, Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles, published by the NYBG Press.

 

Northeast Foraging: 120 Wild and Flavorful Edibles from Beach Plums to Wineberries. 
Tuesday May 6, 2014 – 6:30 pm,The Central Park Arsenal
Presented by Leda Meredith, author and wild forager
The Northeast is rich in wild edible plants, even in urban areas. Not only can a forager find free food and gourmet ingredients – some of which are either pricey at markets or simply can’t be found for sale – but she or he can interact with the local ecosystem in a way that impacts it beneficially. Learn about some of the edible plants that are growing right at your doorstep, as well as how to harvest them sustainably and prepare them deliciously.

 

 

The November and March lectures will be presented at:

Arthur and Janet Ross Lecture Hall
The New York Botanical Garden
200th Street and Kazimiroff Blvd, Bronx, NY 10458
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MetroNorth Harlem line trains stop at Botanical Garden Station. Subway D and 4 trains have stops on Bedford Park Blvd., and the connecting bus 26 stops just outside the Botanical Garden’s Mosholu entrance.

The December, April and May lectures will be presented at:

The Central Park Arsenal
830 5th Ave (5th Ave & 64th St)
New York, NY 10065
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In extremely inclement weather, you can email the Program Coordinator, Uli Lorimer at ulrichlorimer@bbg.org with the subject line “Torrey Lecture Cancelation Inquiry” to inquire about lecture changes.