The Hamilton Arboretum series continues on Saturday, Nov. 12, with author and environmental educator Anita Sanchez. She will present a lecture on the roles of poison ivy in both human and natural history at 10 a.m. in the Taylor Science Center’s Kennedy Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Sanchez is a champion of unloved plants. Her first book, The Teeth of the Lion: The Story of Beloved and Despised Dandelion, is an argument against the eradication of dandelions by pesticides. In addition, her book Leaflets Three, Let it Be! The Story of Poison Ivy focuses on poison ivy as a major food source for wildlife such as robins, bluebirds and cardinals. Her lecture will be based on the research she conducted for Leaflets Three, Let it Be! and for an upcoming book that she is writing: In Praise of Poison Ivy: The Secret Virtues, Amazing History, and Dangerous Lore of the Worlds, which is currently under contract with Taylor Trade Publications.
Sanchez is originally from Gloucester, Mass., and studied at Vassar College. She began her career in environmental education while an undergrad, when she worked as a leader of nature walks for children. Since then, Sanchez has moved on to work as an environmental educator for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, including a stint as the director of educational programming at the Five Rivers Environmental Center.
Parking is available near the building. All Arboretum events are free and open to the public, and everyone interested in gardens and landscapes is encouraged to attend. Pre-registration is not required.