Thursday September 20, 2007

(Image: Crystal Palace, Hyde Park, London 1851)

How Botanical Illustrators Changed The Course of Horticultural History
By Nancy Styler

Denver Botanic Gardens – Waring House
6:30 – 8 p.m.

Nancy Styler will take you on a trip back in time and across the ocean from South America to Europe, as she tells you of the discovery and reporting of the Victoria water lilies, and how the botanical illustrations of this unique new plant changed horticulture forever. She will also discuss the work of the Victoria Conservancy, its research and breeding programs and what the future may hold for the Queen of the water lilies.

Nancy Styler, with her husband Trey, founded and co-direct the Victoria Conservancy, a non-profit branch of the International Waterlily and Water Gardening Society. In addition to research, seed-banking and distribution, the Conservancy is the source of the Victorian Water Lilies at Denver Botanic Gardens each year.