GardenNews.biz - Apr 08,2017 - SMITH COLLEGE PRESENTS Thoreau and the Language of Trees
An Arbor Day Lecture by Richard Higgins
Presented by the Smith College Tree Committee
Friday April 28, 12:00 noon
Smith College Campus Center Room 103/104
Northampton, MA—Come celebrate Arbor Day with a wonderful lecture that delves into the allure and lore of trees! Trees were central to Henry David Thoreau’s creativity as a writer, his work as a naturalist, his thought, and his inner life. He once wrote that the poet loves the pine tree as his own “shadow in the air.” It is perhaps no exaggeration to say that Thoreau spoke and understood the language of trees. In this illustrated talk, Richard Higgins explores Thoreau’s deep connections to trees. Pairing Thoreau’s words with his own black-and-white photographs, he looks at Thoreau’s keen perception of trees, the poetry he saw in them, and how they fed his soul. The talk demonstrates that trees were a thread connecting all parts of Thoreau’s being—heart, mind, and spirit.
Richard Higgins is a writer and editor in Concord, Massachusetts. His most recent book, Thoreau and the Language of Trees, will be published in April by the University of California Press, and copies will be available at the lecture. A former longtime staff writer for the Boston Globe, Higgins’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Christian Century, and Smithsonian.
What better place to celebrate Arbor Day than at the Botanic Garden of Smith College. Did you know that the Smith College campus is an accredited arboretum and that the college has been designated a Tree Campus USA? This beautiful landscape has provided a garden setting for academic life for over 100 years. The Campus Arboretum is a living museum of diverse woody plants. Stop by the Lyman Plant House and pick up a campus tree map or learn more about our trees online at www.smith.edu/garden.
The Campus Center is wheelchair accessible. For more information about this event or the Botanic Garden visit the web site at www.smith.edu/garden.