Free Calhoun Lecture


The Calhoun Lecture series is made possible through the generous support of the family of Marion Peel Calhoun.

Every other year the Garden offers a special opportunity for teachers to supplement their life science curriculum with presentations by leading horticulurists, explorers, and researchers.

The lectures are free and open to students in grades 6 - 12. After the lecture, participating classes are invited to take a self-guided tour of the Garden.

Riches of the Rainforest

Wednesday, October 2, 10 - 11 a.m.
Presented by Paul Blackmore, Fuqua Conservatory Manager, Atlanta Botanical Garden

Discover amazing plants from the African rainforests. From medicinal to edible to poisonous plants, learn why African rainforests are treasures to protect and also discuss the role botanical gardens can play in the conservation of African biodiversity.

Paul Blackmore worked for 8 years in West Africa as a Botanic Garden Development Advisor to the government of Cameroon as part of the British Development Program. During his time in Africa, he advised the renovation and development of the Limbe Botanic Garden, its collections and programs and assisted with its transition into a biodiversity conservation center for the Mount Cameroon region. With a masters degree in Plant Conservation and Genetics from the University of Birmingham in the UK, Paul provides unique insight into the international and economic value of plants in Africa and highlight the remarkable collection currently at the Garden.

Call 404.876.5859 ext. 2556 to register – space is limited!

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