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Books in the Garden: Nature As Refuge and Haven

Second Wednesdays: May 8, June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11, October 9
noon - 1:30 p.m.

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 led by Toni McNaron. Many of us look to nature for solace from our world's injustices and sorrows. In this 6-session series, we will examine work by various writers over several centuries to see how successful nature has been in providing this kind of sanctuary.

  • May 8: As You Like It William Shakespeare
  • June 12: The Ladies of Llangollen Elizabeth Mavor
  • July 10: (Nature & Grief Theme)
    • "Lycidas" John Milton
    • "Messenger" Mary Oliver
    • "Walking Home From Oak Head" Mary Oliver
    • "Swimming With Otter" Mary Oliver
  • August 14: Far From the Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy
  • September 11: An Unspoken Hunger Terry Tempest Williams
  • October 9: Buffalo Bird Woman's Garden Gilbert Wilson

Limit 24, Oswald Visitor Center - Teaching Classroom

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$100 member/$139 non-member
includes Arboretum admission


Books in the Garden: Mary Oliver & Nature

Wednesdays noon-1:30 p.m., November 13 & December 11, 2019
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 facilitated by Toni McNaron. Pulitzer Prize winning poet Mary Oliver found solace in nature. What better place to delve into two collections of her poems than the Arboretum where so many also find solace? If you've never tried the Arboretum Book Club, this short course might be the perfect opportunity to join us as we explore these collections of Mary Oliver poems. Please read the assigned book prior to each class session:
  • November 13: "Why I Wake Early" (book of 47 poems)
  • December 11: "Thirst" (book of 43 poems)
Each week you will receive a drink coupon for coffee, tea, cocoa or fountain drink.

Limit 24, Oswald Visitor Center - Teaching Classroom

$34 member/$49 non-member
includes Arboretum admission


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