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Book signing: “In Praise of Poison Ivy” and “leaflets three, let it be!” by Anita Sanchez Calendar

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Saturday, July 15
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Deadly. Powerful. Beautiful. The much-hated plant called poison ivy is all of these things and more. Millions of people are allergic to poison ivy, which contains one of the most potent toxins on earth. But the astounding paradox is that poison ivy is a plant of immense ecological value. Wild mammals from mice to moose, honeybees and butterflies, woodpeckers, wild turkeys, robins, cardinals, and bluebirds all defy poison ivy’s nasty nature and feast on its leaves and fruit.

During this program, author Anita Sanchez will discuss the many roles of poison ivy in both human and natural history, starting with the plant’s long history as—of all things—a popular garden plant. We’ll discuss why North American plants like poison ivy were the stars of European gardens from Versailles to Buckingham Palace. We’ll also consider Thomas Jefferson’s revolutionary habit of planting native species in his Monticello gardens, and the particular benefits of native plants for wildlife. Afterwards, Ms. Sanchez will be available to sign both “In Praise of Poison Ivy,” and her children’s book, “leaflets three, let it be!”

Free for members or with paid admission. Books available for purchase.