On Saturday, September 22nd, the series will launch in true Marion style! Sponsored by the Spring Hill Garden Club, this day will be filled with wonderful speakers and fabulous food by Georgia Roussos Catering. Dr. Brian Axsmith will speak in the morning and Dr. Dave Creech will round out the afternoon. Lunch and a special mid-afternoon dessert reception will allow for gracious time to visit with Marion’s friends and family from Baton Rouge and beyond who will make their way to Mobile joining us for what will surely be a wonderful day.
If only you knew Marion!
Marion didn’t just collect plants in her garden. She collected people. Her gardens were a collection of people from all around the country and the world, people who knew plants, people who loved plants. Sometimes they left plants, and so her garden was always a library of flowers that all of us envied -- something here from the famous Texas plant hunter Lynn Lowrey, something over there from North Carolina’s J.C. Raulston, and a huge collection of plants that explorers she knew brought back from expeditions to China.
Marion’s genius as a gardener was discovering ways to lure and learn from the best minds in the business. That’s how she ran the show at Mobile Botanical Gardens. And it’s in that spirit that we’re inaugurating the Marion Drummond Lecture Series, as a way to once again lure the best minds in the business to Mobile, to help us all learn more about gardening. - Bill Finch
The Marion Deane Drummond Lecture Series
Saturday, September 22, 2018 - Inaugural Event
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - Andrea Wulf
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Saturday, April 6, 2019
Saturday, August 17, 2019
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Award-winning author, Andrea Wulf, coming to MBG!
“If you have a chance to hear Andrea Wulf speaking in your area: go, listen, learn.” – Vanessa Sellers, The New York Botanical Garden
Presentation and book signing of New York Times Bestseller, The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World. “The Invention of Nature”, written by Andrea Wulf, reveals the extraordinary life of the visionary German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) and how he created the way we understand nature today. His restless life was packed with adventure and discovery, whether climbing the highest volcanoes in the world, paddling down the Orinoco or racing through anthrax–infested Siberia. Perceiving nature as an interconnected global force, Humboldt discovered similarities between climate zones across the world and predicted human-induced climate change. He turned scientific observation into poetic narrative, and his writings inspired naturalists and poets such as Darwin, Wordsworth and Goethe but also politicians such as Jefferson. In The Invention of Nature, Wulf brings this lost hero to science and the forgotten father of environmentalism back to life. Event sponsored by Mobile Botanical Gardens, USA Stokes Center for Creative Writing, the Mobile and Baldwin County Master Gardeners, and anonymous donors This event is part of the Marion Deane Drummond Lecture Series. Want to attend the entire series? Register for season tickets here! Marion Deane Drummond Lecture Series Sponsored by the Mobile County Commission