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Lecture: Sprout Lands: Tending the Endless Gift of Trees

Presented by Bloedel Reserve at Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island WA

Sep 27 2019
Lecture: Sprout Lands: Tending the Endless Gift of Trees

Join us in welcoming certified Arborist William Bryant Logan, for a discussion about humans historical relationship with trees.

Once, people around the globe did not simply live beside or under trees. We lived with them, taking from them and giving to them. We cut them back, and they sprouted again. Whole woodlands were coppiced, that is, cut near the ground, or pollarded, that is, cut at about 6 feet tall.  Surprisingly, perhaps, this was not an exploitative but a cooperative relationship. Proper human care for the woodlands increased their diversity and promoted the numbers and kinds of insects, birds and other creatures who lived among the trees and the open understory vegetation. The trees themselves lived longer. In return, the trees gave us wood, fodder, medicines, foods, rope, clothes and ships, as well as beauty, fresh air, and cooling shade. Whole cultures were built around such woods. This talk evokes that ancient world, not as an idyl of the past, but as a model for a future, active relationship to our trees. It also suggests a few ways in which we can start this living relationship anew.


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Tickets are available on our website at the link below, as well as at the Bloedel Reserve Gatehouse & Shop.

SPEAKER: William Bryant Logan
WHEN: Friday, September 27, 2019, 1 PM
WHERE: The Residence at Bloedel Reserve
TICKETS: Bloedel Reserve Members $15; Non-members $32
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Contact: 206-842-7631



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Bloedel Reserve

7571 NE Dolphin Dr, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

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Located in a semi-rural residential area, our parking capacity is limited and there is no street or off-site parking available. During busy seasonal events and the summer, we encourage the use of BI Ride, carpooling, or other ride-sharing services.  If we reach our parking capacity, we may ask you to return at a later time or another day.  We appreciate your understanding.

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