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Thoreau and the Language of Trees
Thursday 14 December 2017, 02:00pm - 03:00pm

When: Thursday, December 14, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Where: The Gardens at Elm Bank - Cheney Room

Trees were central to Henry David Thoreau’s creativity as a writer, his work as a naturalist, his thought, and his inner life. He admired their beauty, studied how they grew, took them as spiritual companions and wrote about them as few have. Using Thoreau’s words and his own  photographs of trees today, Higgins looks at Thoreau’s keen perception of trees, the poetry he saw in them, and how they fed his soul. Trees, he shows, were a central thread connecting all parts of Thoreau’s being—heart, mind, and spirit. 

Richard Higgins is a writer, editor and the author of Thoreau and the Language of Trees  (University of California Press, 2017). A former longtime staff writer for the Boston Globe, he is the co-author of Portfolio Life (Wiley, 2006) and co-editor of Taking Faith Seriously  (Harvard University Press, 2005). Higgins, who lives in Concord, Massachusetts, is a graduate of Holy Cross College, Columbia Journalism School, and Harvard Divinity School.

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Thu Dec 14 @ 2:00PM - 03:00PM
Thoreau and the Language of Trees
Tue Jan 09 @ 1:30PM - 03:00PM
Tour: Harvard's Glass Flower Collection
Tue Jan 16 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Botany for the Home Gardener
Wed Jan 17 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
Designing the Winter Landscape
Thu Jan 18 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
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Sat Jan 20 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
Greenhouse Growing and Maintenance
Wed Jan 24 @10:00AM - 04:00PM
Digital Photography: Capturing Botanic Images
Thu Jan 25 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Landscaping and Planting Design
Tue Jan 30 @ 1:00PM - 05:00PM
Garden Designs to Bridge Culture and Time: A Garden History Symposium
Thu Feb 22 @ 9:00AM - 04:00PM
Mass Hort's School Garden Conference: Growing for Experience