Saturday March 2nd, 9:30 am
Spring Wildflowers: Behind Their Beauty
Most of our spring ephemerals evolved in conditions of continuous, deciduous or mixed forest. During their long history they have adapted to seasonal variation and to their forest associates—both beneficial and harmful. Protecting, and even planting, native spring ephemerals in the landscape results not only in colorful beauty when it is most desired—after a long monochromatic winter, but also promotes a healthy ecosystem that allows the flora’s associates to also thrive.
Carol Gracie is retired from The New York Botanical Garden, where she was Director of the Foreign Tour Program and the Children’s Education Department. She later worked in the Science Division, making dozens of trips to South and Central America, both on botanical collecting expeditions and as a tour leader. Her work has resulted in the naming of seven newly discovered tropical plant species and one new genus for her (including two named jointly for both Carol and her husband). She is a co-author, with her tropical botanist-husband, Scott Mori, of the two-volume Guide to the Vascular Plants of Central French Guiana.
Carol has since returned to her earlier interest in local flora and is the photographer and co-author, with Steve Clemants, of Wildflowers in the Field and Forest: A Field Guide to the Northeastern United States (Oxford University Press, 2006). Her latest book, Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast: A Natural History, was published in 2012 by Princeton University Press. Carol is currently working on a book about the natural history of summer wildflowers.