Reflecting, Sharing, Learning

Hidden Treasures: A Virtual Tour of the Public Gardens of Athens

Dr Wilf Nicholls

Athens-Clarke County Library • 2025 Baxter Street • Athens, Georgia

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Wednesday, April 18, 7:00 pm

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.

Join us in the Appleton Auditorium on Wednesday, April 18 at 7:00 pm for a virtual tour through many of our public gardens, led by Dr Wilf Nicholls, retired Director of the State Botanical Garden. 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. Wilf 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 event is free and open to the public.

Slide Talk and Reception: Tuesday, April 10 at 7:00 pm

Exhibition in Quiet Gallery: April 1 through April 25

Athens artist Gunnar Tarsa will give a slide talk on his artistic journey in the Appleton Auditorium on Tuesday, April 10 at 7:00 pm. He will also create some artwork on the spot! The talk will be accompanied by an exhibition of Tarsa’s work, and there will be a reception with refreshments following the talk.

The exhibition may be seen in the upstairs Quiet Gallery, and will feature Tarsa’s drawings and paintings, focusing on his intricate images, rendered small and large. The exhibition will remain on view through April 25.

Tarsa was born in New Jersey and relocated to Lawrenceville, Georgia. He received his BFA with an emphasis in Drawing from the Lamar Dodd School of Art in Athens, GA which is where he currently lives and works. His methodology of working is through stream of consciousness actions and practiced instincts to hone his ability to create on the spot.

Mr Tarsa’s special guest in this exhibition is Andrea Murillo, who exhibits her sculpture in the display case in the gallery.

The event is free and open to the public.

 

My Vietnam Decision: Roundtable discussion led by Jim Marshall

Athens-Clarke County Library2025 Baxter Street • Athens, Georgia

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Saturday, April 7, 2:00 pm

 

Come to the library on Saturday, April 7 at 2:00 pm for a  moderated, round-table discussion with several local men on the different choices young men had in the 1960s/70s, and the choices they made about going to war. 

As the Vietnam war ripped apart Southeast Asia, it also eviscerated the American psyche and drove this country crazy with pain. To a generation of Americans, it is ancient history, as distant as World War II was to their parents; the war ended over 40 years ago, but it still smolders in the thoughts of those who remember it firsthand. This program will feature a variety of perspectives, including those who went to Vietnam because they thought it was their patriotic duty, and those who resisted the draft on moral grounds.

Moderator Dr. James D. Marshall is a retired Professor of Language and Literacy Education at the University of Georgia. He received his PhD in Language, Literacy, and Culture from Stanford University.

We are happy to present half a dozen new videos which are now online for your viewing pleasure! There are videos of two RSL programs from the last year: Athens Then & Now, and The Adventures of Making a Documentary of a Famous Dead Person, featuring Gary Doster and Dr John Campbell. There is also a video of the slide talk by artists James Barnes and Broderick Flanigan, a community discussion about Athens’ Confederate monument, a ceremony honoring Athens historian Charlotte Thomas Marshall, and the presentation of the Library of The Year award.

 



What a Difference 100 Years Can Make! Gary Doster shares his voluminous collection of photos and postcards of Athens in this video showing houses and scenes around town that no longer exist, followed by photos of what the location looks like now. It is a trip by postcard through the distant and more recent past, accompanied by reminiscences and commentary.

 

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