Reflecting, Sharing, Learning

Dr Wilf Nicholls
Athens-Clarke County Library, Athens Georgia
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Athens is home to America's first garden club, so it’s no surprise that we have a number of beautiful gardens that are open to the public… although you might not know that some of them are there. Most are familiar with our superb State Botanical Garden of Georgia, but you may well have missed the Founders Memorial Garden tucked away on north campus. All of our house museums in Athens feature traditional garden designs of different eras and research goes on at the University of Georgia Trial Gardens. You can see all of these, and more, for free.

Dr Wilf Nicholls, retired Director of the Georgia State Botanical Garden, leads us on a virtual tour of many of Athens' public gardens. A native of London, England, Dr. Nicholls served as director of the Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden in St. John’s, Canada before coming to UGA in 2010. He has a B.Sc. in botany from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and a Ph.D. in botany from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada; his plant exploration has taken him across North America, southern Europe and even southern Siberia! He has been an ornamental plant breeder, published numerous articles in the scientific, horticultural trade and popular press, and remains dedicated to conservation and education.

The Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library present an evening with award- winning author and horticulturist Dr. Allan Armitage on Thursday, Dec. 2, at 7:00 p.m., in recognition of his new book, Of Naked Ladies and Forget-Me-Nots: The stories behind the common names of some of our favorite plants.

Of Naked Ladies and Forget-Me-Nots: The stories behind the common names of some of our favorite plants is a “delightfully” Book cover.humorous collection of stories that engages readers and plant enthusiasts of all ages. With 96 stories, photos, and indices, Armitage unfolds the mysteries behind some of the “wackiest” common names for plants.

Born and raised in Canada, Dr. Allan Armitage is an internationally renowned writer, speaker, and researcher. Armitage has traveled the world sharing his passion for plants. He has lectured throughout the United States and Canada in addition to countries in Europe, South America, New Zealand, and Australia. Publishing 16 books and countless academic papers and articles, Armitage is honored most by the respect that he receives from his colleagues.

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