The Sam Houston State University Natural Science and Art Research Center will partner with the Native Plant Society of Texas; Sam Houston Chapter to host a presentation by Texas garden columnist, Jeff Abt, of Nacogdoches.
The free event is open to the public. Doors will open at 5 p.m. The Native Plant Society will provide light refreshments at 6:30 p.m. with a presentation at 7 p.m.
Guest speaker Jeff Abt is known as author of a weekly garden column in the Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel for 22 years and is an expert on plants that like to be around humans in East Texas. His presentation is titled: "Plant Movement Across the Earth: How People and Plants Travel Together and Challenge our Notions of Nativeness"
Abt’s talk will be followed by an introduction to the Plant Hunter holdings of the Horace Burke Library of Natural History Exploration by SHSU curator, William Godwin.
"It is very appropriate for Jeff Abt to speak on this subject. We will be in the same space as the library built by Dr. Burke. Half of the Burke Library is books by and about what he called plant hunters,” Godwin said. “We have many rare volumes by the adventurous people who travelled the globe hunting rare plants; a lot like the ‘Indiana Joneses’ of the plant world."
The event will also feature many rare publications on display about East Texas plant hunters -- the botanists who studied the Big Thicket over the last century.
Tuesday, February 18 at 5:00pm
SHSU Natural Science and Art Research Center 710 University Ave. Huntsville, TX