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Books in the Garden: Forces In and Of Nature (100-04-12-17)
Second Wednesdays April - September, noon - 1:30 p.m.
April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13

Toni McNaron, Ph.D., award-winning professor emerita of English, University of Minnesota

Join other literature aficionados for thoughtful discourse over a cup of tea or coffee. In this season's series, you will be immersed in the forces in and of nature. Humans too often seek dominance over external nature, causing pain and damage to other forms of life and disrupting what could be a natural balance and interconnection between and among species. In four novels, one memoir, and one work of non-fiction, we will explore this conundrum:
  • April H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald
  • May Solar Storms by Linda Hogan
  • June Call of The Wild by Jack London
  • July The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
  • August Refuge by Terry Tempest Williams
  • September All the Living by C.E. Morgan 

Limit 24, Visitor Center - Carlson Dining Room

register  $100 member/$130 non-member for all 6 sessions, includes Arboretum admission and beverage 

books in garden

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Books in the Garden: Nature in Three Genres (125-10-11-17)
Second Wednesdays, October - December, noon - 1:30 p.m.
October 11, November 8, December 13

Toni McNaron, Ph.D., award-winning professor emerita of English, University of Minnesota

Join other literature aficionados for thoughtful discourse over a cup of tea or coffee. In this season's series, Toni will lead you to experience nature through the lens of different genres. You will leave with a new perspective on nature and literature!
  • October (genre: poetry) "The Deserted Garden" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and "The Wild Swans at Coole" by William Butler Yeats
  • November (genre: non-fiction) "The Soul of an Octopus" by Sy Montgomery 
  • December (genre: novel) "Death Comes for the Archbishop" by Willa Cather
Limit 24, Oswald Visitor Center
register $49 member/$65 non-member for all 3 sessions, includes Arboretum admission and beverage
 


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