Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in Friends’ Hall, we have our Second Thursday Garden Talk. Dylan Hannon (who recently wrote for Verso), curator of The Huntington’s tropical collections, will present a survey of outstanding orchid species in The Huntington’s tropical collections and will share tips for care and cultivation. The event is free, and no reservations are needed to attend.
Starting Friday (noon to 4:30 p.m.) and running through the weekend (10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday) is our annual Fall Plant Sale. For a beautiful spring garden, start planning—and planting—in the fall. You’ll find lots of inspiration at this big annual sale. While you’re here, pick up some tips from the experts on seasonal gardening topics such as mulching, pruning, winter lawn care, and pest control. Other than whatever you decide to spend on plants (and that can add up!), the event is free to attend. It’s held in the parking lot, so you can’t miss it. We’ve got a preview post about the sale here.
(Drum roll, please.) Opening Saturday in the MaryLou and George Boone Gallery is our Civil War photography exhibition, “A Strange and Fearful Interest: Death, Mourning, and Memory in the American Civil War.” Pulling its title from a statement made by Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. in 1863—“The field of photography is extending itself to embrace subjects of strange and sometimes of fearful interest”—the show looks at the role of photography in processing this years-long conflict and its aftermath. And don’t forget about our other Civil War show over in the West Hall of the Library, “A Just Cause: Voices of the American Civil War.”
Also this weekend, the Southern Breeze Society will present a two-day show of the Chinese art of penjing. Similar to Japanese bonsai, this ancient horticultural art captures the essence of scenic beauty in a miniaturized form. Running from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, the event is free and takes place in Friends’ Hall.
For information on events that require registration and/or additional fees, please check out the calendar on The Huntington’s website.
Kate Lain is the new media developer in the office of communications at The Huntington.