Pennsylvania Poets & Plants

April 06
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Pennsylvania Poets & Plants

Lecture in the Cope House Parlors with a selection of wine and cheese for refreshment.

Poets have been associated with the Commonwealth by birth, work, education, reference, and burial since colonial times. Some of their poetry features regional plant species. Our visit with the work of these poets (both well known and obscure) will provide a brief biography, a poem with plant references and remarks about the plant species.

There are seven poets highlighted in this talk: Walt Whitman, Stephen Vincent Benet, Elinor Wylie, H.D., William Carlos Williams, Yolanda Wisher, and Eliza Griswold. They range from well known through 20th century standards to the current Philadelphia Poet Laureate and a local writer with experience in warfare in South America, Africa, and Afghanistan. The plant list includes wheat, sweet flag, peaches, pears, willow, tuberoses, and peony.

Denis Lucey is Landscape Manager at Awbury Arboretum and owner/operator of Denis Lucey Garden Design, a regional landscaping, design, and maintenance firm.

Denis Lucey headshot (1)A long time resident of Northwest Philadelphia with over 20 years of professional landscaping experience and a love of history, Denis holds an A.B. in Science, an M.D. and a Master’s in City Planning.

This event meets at the Cope House at 7:00 pm.

The cost for the class is $10.00


Pennsylvania Poets and Plants

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