Sewanee Herbarium Events


The Last Mountathon!—Sewanee Herbarium, Spencer Hall, Friday, June 28, 9:30-11:30 a.m., with Herbarium Curator Mary Priestley. Come help us mount the last of our backlog of specimens. Learn methods that have been passed down through generations and are still used today. If you’ve always wanted to try this, here is your last chance! Meet in the herbarium on the first floor of Spencer Hall. The main entrance is across from DuPont Library and there is parking behind the library.

Botanical Illustration—Spencer Hall, room 173, Saturday, June 29, 9:30 a.m.–noon, with Mary Priestley. Very little drawing is involved in this easy technique. Participants will photocopy then trace a herbarium specimen of their choice, and use information from published sources to modify and enhance the image before transferring it to acid-free paper and going over it with ink and adding optional color. Space is limited. Email <> with questions or to reserve a space and so Mary can have the materials ready for each participant. 

Native Plants and Landscaping—Sewanee Campus—Saturday, July 27, 9-11 a.m., with William Shealy, Superintendent of Landscape Planning and Operations, The University of the South. William Shealy will offer a campus tour, focusing on his use of native and non-invasive plants in campus landscaping to make the campus vegetation an extension of the surrounding forest. Meet at the Arboretum kiosk at the corner of University Avenue and Georgia Avenue (at the blinking light).

Lake Cheston—Saturday, Aug. 17, 9 a.m., with Yolande Gottfried. An easy walk around Lake Cheston to view plants that love the shoreline, such as ladies-tresses orchids and meadow beauty. Meet at the pavilion above the beach area.

Nature Journaling—A group meets for nature journaling Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. Come try it out. Bring an unlined journal (or a few sheets of unlined paper) and a pen or pencil. No experience needed. The group meets in Spencer room 173. As the weather turns pleasant, the group may meet elsewhere. For more information email <>.

“Pressing Plants: Connecting Science, Art, and the Natural World” is a class for the Certificate in Native Plants sponsored by the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones, Aug. 10, with Mary Priestley. Registration is required. See <> for more information.

For more information contact Yolande Gottfried at the Herbarium (931) 598-3346, or email <>.