LAST CHANCE: Today is the last day to see “Cultivating California,” the Library exhibition about the three families who helped found San Marino 100 years ago.
Tonight, David Hancock will deliver a free lecture: “Body in the Library: Lord Shelburne and the Nursery of Imagination.” William Petty-FitzMaurice, 2nd Earl of Shelburne (1737–1805), was one of Georgian England’s greatest collectors of books, manuscripts, and art. Hancock, who is professor of history at the University of Michigan and the R. Stanton Avery Distinguished Fellow, will examine the evolution of this important collection and the imperatives and tastes it reflects in the last third of the 18th century. The lecture starts at 7:30 p.m. and takes place in the Ahmanson Room of the Botanical Center. No reservations are required.
On Saturday at 2:30 p.m., John Wickham will deliver “California’s Wildflower Artists,” a talk related to the exhibition “When They Were Wild: Recapturing California’s Wildflower Heritage.” Wickham, the former president of the Theodore Payne Foundation, will discuss the work of a wide range of artists who have documented California’s exquisite native flora for the benefit of science, education, and conservation. This event also takes place in the Ahmanson Room of the Botanical Center and does not require reservations.
We have a Nursery Collections Tour on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Dylan Hannon, The Huntington’s curator of tropical collections, will take you behind the scenes for a tour of the botanical nurseries, where rare orchids, aroids, ferns, and carnivorous plants are grown. The 90-minute tour will meet at the Conservatory Information Desk. THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.
For information on events that require registration and/or additional fees, please check out the calendar on The Huntington’s website.
Matt Stevens is editor of Verso and Huntington Frontiers magazine.