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The African American Legacy in Gardening and Horticulture Symposium

March 30 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

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: Saturday, March 30, 2024
Time: 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Hayti Heritage Center, Durham, NC
Fee: Free; preregistration required

The African American Legacy in Gardening and Horticulture Symposium will explore the unsung historical legacy of African American plantspeople, horticulturalists, residential gardeners, and gardening clubs. These personal narratives and generational gardening practices have all too often been ignored, overlooked, or not fully appreciated within the framework of American landscape history, global ethno-botanical viewpoints, and contemporary environmental writing.

This one-day symposium brings together a cadre of horticulturalists, historians, beautification advocates and plantspeople to celebrate the contributions made by these gardening innovators and modern-day practitioners, while further educating and enlightening the public and future generations of plant lovers.

Sessions Include:

  • Afro-Ecologies: Ethnobotanical Healing, Food Ways & Floriculture in Black Southern Landscapes
  • Anne Spencer’s Garden: Understand Black Women’s Gardens as Emancipatory Healing Spaces
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: The Legacy of African American Gardeners, Horticulturalists and Growers

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Please note, registration for this event is being managed by Duke Gardens. Please direct any questions about this program to GardensEducation@duke.edu