Starts at 10:00 a.m., Mountain Top Arboretum Educational Center $10 per person, free to Mountain Top Arboretum and Mountain Top Historical Society Members.
John Bartram and his son William were 18th century natural scientists and gardeners who explored throughout the eastern colonies. William was also an accomplished illustrator. They are credited with many botanical discoveries, and introduced many North American plants to European gardens. John and William made journeys into the Catskills between 1741 and 1754.
Beginning with a lecture, Carol will first touch on the fascinating history of the Bartrams and their travels throughout the northeast and in the Catskills. We will look at some of the artworks created for the project, especially those of plants that occur locally.
After the lecture we will take our cars a short drive to the Mountain Top Historical Society Visitors’ Center (in Haines Falls) to park and arrange carpooling to North/South Lake. There we’ll walk in the footsteps of the Bartrams, following their salient journal entries. Carol, Paul Harwood and Robert Gildersleeve will lead us in retracing fascinating local botanical history. Bring a bag lunch for group picnicking, proper clothing/shoes for being outdoors and a water bottle.
The Mountain Top Historical Society is dedicated to discovering and preserving the unique and rich history of the Catskill High Peaks.