Sewanee Herbarium Show Celebrates Nature

Arts & Entertainment

The Sewanee Herbarium’s “All Things Bright and Beautiful” exhibit is now up at Stirling’s Coffee House in Sewanee. The opening reception will be Thursday, Jan. 23, from 3:30-5 p.m. The show ushers in this year’s 50th anniversary of Earth Day. It incorporates botanical illustrations by the Biology Department’s Plant Evolution and Systematics class and works by the herbarium’s nature journaling group. 

The students’ precise botanical illustrations are the result of careful observation of herbarium specimens, combined with research on the plants themselves — their ecology, morphology, interactions with humans, and so forth. The nature journalers’ more informal works are displayed with the quotations from poets, artists, and environmentalists that inspired them. 

In Sewanee, as around the world, Earth Day, April 22, 2020, will be an action day in which everyone can participate. This year, we are more aware than ever of the beauty and fragility of this planet on which we and all other species — and our descendants — depend. As we look forward to celebrating 50 years of Earth Day, this exhibit is a reminder of our connections with the natural world around us. The nature journaling group meets Thursday, 9-11 a.m. All are invited to drop in. For more information, contact Mary Priestley at <>.