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Books in the Garden: Nature with Agency

Second Wednesday of each month, Noon-1:30 p.m.
March 11, April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8 & August 12

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

Join other lovers of literature for thoughtful discourse facilitated by Toni McNaron. The six works to be explored offer several "takes" on just how agential Nature can be in human consciousness. Some depict the natural world as something humans can "tame" while others suggest our best course of action is to observe Nature closely and take lessons from that world. Still others reveal forces of Nature that neither care about us nor hold back from being powerful and potentially destructive forces we cannot fend off or ignore. Please read the assigned book prior to each class session.
  • March 11 Sula by Toni Morrison
  • April 8 The Overstory by Richard Powers
  • May 13 Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • June 10 Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
  • July 8 The Tempest by William Shakespeare
  • August 12 An American Sunrise by Joy Harjo
Each week you will receive a drink coupon for coffee, tea, cocoa or fountain drink.

Limit 25, Oswald Visitor Center - Teaching Classroom

$100 member/$130 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


PoeTree: Poetry Workshop on the Intersection of Art & Nature

Saturday, August 22
10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Marie Olofsdotter, Award-winning Swedish artist and poet who has shared her love of nature and creativity as a teaching artist for over 25 years

No experience required

All supplies included (notebook & pencil to take home)

Explore the ways in which nature (trees in particular) can inspire and inform our work. Build community by sharing ideas and words as you review poetry from around the world.
  • Learn about the bones of poetry: metaphor, anaphora, and sensory detail
  • Discover a playful approach to writing
  • Be guided from your heart as you create poetry inspired by your nature observations
Leave with a couple of your own new poems and a deepened relationship to trees and nature.

Limit 25, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place

$29 member/$44 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies


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