Mertz Library Humanities

Cultivated Circles: Japanese Plants and Origins of the American Arboretum

Friday, October 4, 2019

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Charles Sprague Sargent (1841–1927), founding director of the Arnold Arboretum in Boston, is a well-known figure in American horticultural history. However, the network of gardening elites and horticultural professions he nurtured has received little attention. Examining their interactions offers the opportunity to follow for the first time the diffusion of the new Japanese botanicals and thereby to trace the physical transformation of American gardens in the 19th century.

About the Speaker

Sara Butler holds a Ph.D. in Architectural History from the University of Virginia. She is Professor of Art and Architectural History at Roger Williams University, where she teaches courses on American art and architecture, Newport art and architecture, Japanese art and architecture, and the history of landscape architecture. She has lectured and published on American landscapes, commemoration and memory, and American public art.

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