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Monday March 18, 2013 “Botanical Travels from Coast to Coast”


Monday March 18, 2013 “Botanical Travels from Coast to Coast” features David Brandenburg from Dawes Arboretum, Newark, Ohio.  7:30 p.m., 2nd Floor Community Room, Lebanon Citizens National Bank, 30 Park Place West, Oxford, Ohio.

Botanist David Brandenburg has traveled circuitous routes across North America –– either by himself or with kindred spirits –– looking for fascinating plants. He sometimes finds these species with advance knowledge of their general locations;, other times by serendipity. He will spend an evening with  Audubon Miami Valley reliving some of the highlights from these botanical adventures, where most days ended in a pup tent on the side of the road or in $20-a-night lodgings. His decades of field work throughout North America culminated in the 2010 publication of National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Wildflowers of North America, which he will sign during his visit.

Brandenburg, taxonomic botanist at the Dawes Arboretum, worked as a field botanist for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and served as curator of the herbarium at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York. Brandenburg lectures, leads hikes, and conducts hands-on workshops on cultivated plants, trees, shrubs, grasses, sedges, aquatic and wetland species, wood anatomy, and other topics. He has a lifelong passion for economic botany: how plants are used as foods and flavorings, medicines, perfumes, cosmetics, textiles, dyes, and construction materials.

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