Botanic gardens have played a profound role in human history and thankfully that relevance to society is increasingly recognized. This talk will be a personal tour of some of the world’s most interesting and odd botanic gardens and will review the personalities and events that have created them. We will start in Ancient Egypt and meander through the European Renaissance and the colonial period before spending time looking at some of the newest gardens of today. This is the history of the world as interpreted by a gardener and a botanist.
- Thursday, January 21
- 2 – 4 pm, Naples Botanical Garden Kapnick Hall
- $15 Members / $20 Non-Members
Mike Maunder is Associate Dean for Research Engagement, College of Arts and Sciences, Florida International University, currently Interim Director of The Kampong and Co-Director of the Tropical Conservation Institute. Mike is a botanic garden and species conservation professional with over 25 years experience in botanic garden management and planning, museum design, species and habitat conservation, conservation strategy and policy, institutional leadership and project management. Mike has worked at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, National Tropical Botanical gardens and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Recently he has worked on botanic garden and museum design in Abu Dhabi and Oman.
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