2014 Spencer Lecture presents
2014 Spencer Lecture Series
"A Sense of Place: Bok Tower Gardens"
Thursday, March 6 | 6:30 p.m.
The 16th annual Spencer Lecture will be held on Thursday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Linn-Henley Lecture Hall, it will feature a reception prior to the evening lecture from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
This free annual event brings noted botanist David Price to Birmingham Botanical Gardens for an intriguing talk titled “A Sense of Place: Bok Tower Gardens.”
As Bok Tower Gardens celebrates its 85th anniversary, this Olmsted designed garden and National Historic Landmark looks to its past and present to vision the future. Sited on Lake Wales Ridge, the Garden is surrounded by rolling hills of citrus, expanses of nature preserves and some of the rarest plant habitat in North America. David Price, President of the Bok Tower Foundation will talk on ongoing historic preservation efforts as well as the Gardens’ rare plant conservation program.
Price has worked in the public garden field since 1984. Growing up in Charleston, S.C., he developed a love for art, history, nature and gardens. He is a graduate of Clemson University with a B.S. in Botany. His interest led him to a career in public horticulture. For 20 years, he was Director of Horticulture at Bok Tower Gardens where he oversaw the horticulture and conservation programs. In 2007 he was appointed President of the Bok Tower Gardens Foundation. He is an accomplished photographer of nature and gardens of the US and Europe. He recently co-authored Bok Tower Gardens - America’s Taj Mahal published by Rizzoli Press.
His avocation is sculpting in the mediums of bronze and stone. His figurative wildlife work is represented in private and public collections, shown in galleries, group and individual shows and received numerous awards. As a child he lived in Spain and later in Tunisia where he was in the US Peace Corps. He has served on national and local public garden and conservation boards. He is President and a founding board member of the Green Horizon Land Trust.
The Spencer Lecture Series is made possible by the Virginia Beeland Spencer Lecture Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham. The fund was started by the late Williams M. Spencer, III in honor of his wife, the late Virginia Beeland Spencer.
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