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Captivated by Trees: The Work of Rutherford Platt

February 23 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Rutherford Platt’s captivation by trees, and his almost 40 year career as an esteemed, Burroughs Medal winning naturalist, writer, and photographer, was set in motion one winter day in 1929 when, to his astonishment, he noticed that flower and leaf buds were already present on the seemingly bare branches of trees. Through an exploration of Platt’s life and work we will share his delight for trees, broaden our perceptions through ranges of time and scale, and discover the functional advantages of the distinct characteristic of trees as they grow, reproduce, and interact with their environment.

Instructed by Michael Wojtech

As a naturalist, writer, photographer, illustrator and educator, Michael strives to share the science and beauty of natural history in an accessible and compelling fashion. He writes and teaches about the fascinating structure, function, and ecology of trees—including their bark, buds, leaves, roots, and wood—for audiences at all levels of experience, and explores how knowing the natural history of the places we live and love fosters connection and the feeling of home. Michael earned his Master’s Degree in Conservation Biology from Antioch University New England and is the author of Bark: A Field Guide to Trees in the Northeast and co-author of Drawing Trees and Leaves.

 To find out more about Michael and his works check out his website at




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$25 for Mass Hort Members/$37 for General Admission



February 23
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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