Hybrid Lunchbox Talk: Botanical Birthrights & Bitter Roots: African American Herbal Medicine in the American South

North Carolina Botanical Garden 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC

As enslaved Africans were brought to North America, they transported environmental and medicinal knowledge alongside familiar plants. As African people, beliefs, and practices encountered Indigenous and European people and plants, a distinct variety of ethnomedicine emerged and allowed African Americans to both covertly and directly confront oppression. This talk will explore the basics of archaeobotany and will present a case study that illustrates how multidisciplinary lines of evidence can highlight historical instances of human resilience and resistance.

Fall Family Funday!

North Carolina Botanical Garden 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC

Celebrate the fall season with a fun-filled afternoon of hands-on nature activities at the Garden! Meet carnivorous plants, enjoy live animal encounters, craft a leaf crown and magic wand, win a prize at the “plant walk”, go on a scavenger hunt, play nature games, and more. Locopops and other snacks will be available for purchase.

$5

Annual Jenny Elder Fitch Memorial Lecture: Moveable Gardens and Commensal Tables: Rooting in an Age of Displacement

North Carolina Botanical Garden 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC

Humans have been moving with plants as their traveling companions since the beginning of time. Currently, in a period of impactful and reinforcing industrialization, globalization, and strife known as the Anthropocene, this movement has dramatically escalated in tempo and scale. In this presentation, I will address how remembrance embedded in seeds counters destruction of homelands, fragmentation of habitats, and cultural alienation, and how sanctuary is sought in gardening, cooking, and community building.