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Newton Conservators Annual Meeting
Wednesday, May 7, 2014

American Legion Post 440
295 California Street, Newtonville map

6pm - Social gathering and hors d'oeuvres; 7pm - Dinner; 8pm - Program

Seeds: Up Close and Amazing

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At the Conservators’ annual meeting on May 7, 2014, our speaker will be Julie McIntosh Shapiro, who is a seed photographer and curatorial assistant at the Harvard University Herbaria and a Group Leader of the Global Plant Initiative— and a captivating speaker. Julie’s field seems very esoteric, but it is fascinating, and you will have the opportunity to learn about it—and to see her beautiful photographs. Julie also is a plant researcher and garden designer and has gone on botanizing expeditions throughout North and Central America and Europe.

Do you want to get a head start on the topic, to be prepared to ask Julie knowledgeable questions? We asked her to suggest some good books for our members who are interested in learning more about seeds.

The most striking book on her list is Seeds: Time Capsules of Life, by Wolfgang Stuppy (author) and Rob Kesseler (photographer). Choice, an organization that reviews books for academic libraries, wrote, “Who would have thought that a book about seeds could be a stunning work of art? ... Anyone who believes that life and art are inseparable will want to purchase this book immediately.”
Julie also recommends the photographer’s beautiful website:

If you are looking for something more technical, Julie suggests Seeds of Woody Plants in the United States, written by C. S. Schopmeyer and published by the Forest Service. It is a weighty tome suitable for botanists.

Are you looking for a book to share with a child? Julie’s recommendation is A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long. It’s hard to imagine that anyone could see the colorful, detailed illustrations and read the lyrical text without wanting to learn more about seeds and to see them out in nature. Here is one example of the poetry in the book’s text:

To find a spot to grow,
A seed might leap from its pod,
or cling to a
child’s shoestring,
or tumble through
a bear’s belly.

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