“The botanic fire in me set such a flame.” – John Bartram, 1761
Judy Thomas, exhibitor in the acclaimed traveling exhibition Following in the Bartrams’ Footsteps, will present a program on October 11 about the inspiration she found in the life of John Bartram. Bartram was an 18th century Quaker botanist, plantsman and farmer who exchanged a lifetime of correspondence with leaders of European science, making many contributions about the New World. Judy will present a brief history of Bartram, and describe how his life captured her imagination. She will present research she conducted for her exhibit piece and for an in-progress work of historical fiction involving Bartram’s world in colonial Philadelphia.
Judy resides in the Richmond area. She is a certified botanical illustrator, an Assistant Professor in VCU’s School of Social Work, and current instructor in Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Art in the Garden program.
The October 11 public program begins at 1:30 pm at the United States Botanical Garden. Space is limited. Garden visitors who are not BASNCR members can register for this event through the USBG site.