Herbarium

The Sewanee Herbarium’s “All Things Bright and Beautiful” exhibit is on display at Stirling’s Coffee House in Sewanee.

Everyone is invited to attend the opening reception on Thursday from 3:30-5 p.m. at the Coffee House, located at 241 Georgia Ave.

The show ushers in this year’s 50th anniversary of Earth Day. It incorporates botanical illustrations by the Biology Department’s plant evolution and systematics class as well as works by the Sewanee Herbarium’s nature-journaling group.

The students’ precise botanical illustrations are the result of careful observation of herbarium specimens, combined with research on the plants themselves, their ecology, morphology, interactions with humans and more.

The nature-journaling group’s more informal works are displayed with quotations from poets, artists and environmentalists who inspired them.

Earth Day

In Sewanee, as around the world, Earth Day will be celebrated on April 22, and will be an action day with the community urged to participate.

Mary Priestley, associate curator of Sewanee’s Herbarium, said: “This year, we are more aware than ever of the beauty and fragility of this planet on which we and all other species — and our descendants — depend. As we look forward to celebrating 50 years of Earth Day, this exhibit is a reminder of our connections with the natural world around us.”

The Sewanee Herbarium’s nature-journaling group meets Thursday mornings from 9-11 a.m. All are invited to drop in. For more information, contact Mary Priestley at mpriestley0150@gmail.com.