Sewanee Herbarium Winter Events



Greenhouse Tour, Woods Labs Greenhouse, Sunday, Feb. 23, 1 p.m., with Jon Evans. The greenhouse has received a fabulous collection of plants. It’s like a conservatory now. Professor Jon Evans will lead a tour and give the fascinating history of some of the specimens. Please email Yolande Gottfried at <> so we can have some idea of numbers, but come anyway even if you haven’t emailed.

Earth Day Posters, Spencer Hall, room 173, Saturday, Feb. 29,  with Mary Priestley. Spend some time this “extra” day doing good for the Earth! Drop in any time 9:30 a.m. to noon. Plants have been taking care of us people for as long as we’ve been around, and it’s time to say thanks. The Herbarium is sponsoring a family-friendly poster-making event with the theme of “Thank You, Plants!” for an exhibit at Stirling’s Coffee House honoring the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. We will have some materials on hand, but if you have any cool ones to share, please bring. 

Botanical Illustration, Spencer Hall, room 173, Saturday, March 7, 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. The show at Stirling’s included some examples. Space is limited. Email <> with questions or to reserve a space and so Mary can have the materials ready for each participant.

Nature Journaling

A group meets for nature journaling Thursday mornings 9-11 a.m. Come try it out and stick with it if you like. Bring an unlined journal (or a few sheets of unlined paper) and a pen or pencil. No experience needed. Meet in Woods Labs room G-10. 

Wear appropriate shoes on all of these walks. Risks involved in hiking include physical exertion, rough terrain, forces of nature, and other hazards not present in everyday life. Picking flowers and digging plants are prohibited in all of the above-mentioned natural areas.

For more information on these or other Sewanee Herbarium events, please contact Yolande Gottfried at the Herbarium (931) 598-3346, or by email at <>.