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Following in the Bartrams' Footsteps

When: Aug. 30-Nov. 2 2014

This juried exhibition of 44 contemporary plant illustrations by members of the American Society of Botanical Artists harks back to a time before photography, when horticulturists set out to document the natural world with skillful brush and ink work. Depicted are native plants discovered by John and William Bartram, a father and son who documented the flora and fauna of the Eastern U.S. wilderness, including North Carolina, in the 18th century. The subjects of many illustrations can be found outdoors in the Botanical Garden, including the Franklin tree, now thought to be extinct in the wild. The exhibition, which runs through Nov. 2, is augmented by tours—you can walk the Nature Trail loop with a book of John Bartram's musings as your guide—and a wide variety of events, workshops, talks and classes. Most notable are appearances by best-selling gardening author Andrea Wulf (Sept. 28) and Cold Mountain author Charles Frazier (Oct. 19); see the Garden's website to harvest the full bounty. —Brian Howe

Price: Free

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