An orange and gray bird sits on a branch in a verdant forest

The Bond of Live Things Everywhere Opening Day Celebration

September 17

10 a.m.–6 p.m. | At the Garden

Join us on Daffodil Hill for live music, poetry readings, food for purchase, a pop-up book shop, and lawn games as we mark the opening of The Bond of Live Things Everywhere with a celebration of art and community.

Bond of Live Things Everywhere Symposium

Ross Hall; 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Moderated by Joshua Bennett, this symposium features a two-part conversation meditating on the role of Black ecological thought from the panelists’ own work and life, and drawing from the poems featured in the exhibition. Bennett is joined by Abra Lee, Aracelis Girmay, Leah Penniman, Sonya Posmentier, and Terrance Hayes. Registration is free and on a first-come, first-served basis.

A patch of sunflowers

About the Speakers

Abra Lee is a storyteller, horticulturist, and author of the forthcoming book Conquer The Soil: Black America and the Untold Stories of Our Country’s Gardeners, Farmers, and Growers. She has spent a whole lotta time in the dirt as a municipal arborist and airport landscape manager. Her work has been featured in publications including The New York Times, Fine Gardening, and Veranda Magazine. Lee is a graduate of Auburn University College of Agriculture and an alumna of the Longwood Gardens Society of Fellows, a global network of public horticulture professionals.