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"The Conscientious Gardener"

Sarah Reichard presents at Library-Botany event

March 30, 2012
Story by Brian Smith, OSU Library Communications Intern

For Immediate Release

STILLWATER -Dr. Sarah Reichard, professor at the University of Washington, will present “The Conscientious Gardener” at 3:30 p.m. April 13 in the Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room, Edmon Low Library. The event is part of the series “Plants, People and Beyond,” an annual lecture hosted by the OSU Library and Department of Botany.

Reichard will explore Aldo Leopold’s ecological ethic from his influential book “A Sand County Almanac,” published at the start of the environmental movement in 1949. Reichard will discuss the bridge between Leopold’s vision and the sustainability efforts of today’s gardens. In a time where gardening practices are often damaging to the environment, Reichard draws from cutting-edge research on urban horticulture to highlight the benefits of sustainability.

As an invasive plant species ecologist at the University of Washington, Reichard holds the title of Professor and the Orin and Althea Soest Chair in the School of Forest Resources. She is also Director of the Botanic Gardens at UW and previously had curatorial duties with the Washington Park Arboretum and the Otis D. Hyde Herbarium.

She has published many articles in scientific journals and two books: “The Conscientious Gardener: Creating a Garden Ethic” and “Invasive Species in the Pacific Northwest.” A book signing will follow Reichard’s talk and “The Conscientious Gardener” will be available for purchase.

Plants, People and Beyond: the annual library-botany lecture is sponsored by the OSU Library and Department of Botany. This year co-sponsors include the OSU Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, OSU Department of Natural Resources and Ecology Management, OSU Botanical Society, Oklahoma Native Plant Society - Cross Timbers Chapter, and the University Store.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served at 3 p.m. For more information, call 405-744-7331 or email lib-pub@okstate.edu.

Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant system of interdisciplinary programs that prepares students for success. OSU is America’s Brightest Orange. Through leadership and service, OSU is preparing students for a bright future and building a brighter world for all. As Oklahoma’s only university with a statewide presence, OSU improves the lives of people in Oklahoma, the nation, and the world through integrated, high-quality teaching, research, and outreach. OSU has more than 35,000 students across its five-campus system and more than 24,000 on its combined Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, with students from all 50 states and around 120 nations. Established in 1890, OSU has graduated more than 240,000 students to serve the state of Oklahoma, the nation and the world.

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URL: http://www.library.okstate.edu/news/spring2012/plants12.htm
Last Updated: 30 March 2012

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Bonnie Ann Cain-Wood, APR
Email: lib-pub@okstate.edu
Phone: (405) 744-7331

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