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Upstate Program: Catesby, London, and 300 Years of Carolina Botany
April 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
At the April 18 meeting of the Upstate Native Plant Society, botanist and plant researcher Amy Blackwell will share the fascinating story of connecting the work of Mark Catesby, London, and 300 years of Carolina botany. In 2011, Amy, her husband, and Patrick McMillan launched the Botanica Caroliniana project. The project involved visiting museums and herbaria in London, Oxford, and Paris to take digital photographs of plant specimens collected in the Carolinas in the 1700s. Their digital collections now include specimens from Mark Catesby (who wrote his own famous Natural History), John and William Bartram, John Lawson, André Michaux, and several others. In her talk, Amy will share some of the exciting things she and her team have found as well as describing what it is like to collaborate with institutions in Europe. The program begins at 7 pm Landrum Depot • 211 North Trade • Landrum, SC. This event is free and open to the public. Please come at 6:30pm for refreshments and socializing.
Amy Hackney Blackwell is a writer, botanist, teacher, and former lawyer. She was born in New Orleans, grew up in Baton Rouge, and went to Duke University, where she met her husband, Christopher Blackwell, a professor of Greek at Furman University. While working on her PhD in in Plant and Environmental Science at Clemson, she began a collaboration with Patrick McMillan which led to the Botanica Caroliniana project. Join us on April 18 for Amy’s insights and photographs from her “botanical sleuthing”. For a map and more information, visit http://www.scnps.org