Bartlett Arboretum Presents National Geographic Photographer – November 9, 2014
Jim Richardson, photojournalist and longtime National Geographic photographer, continues the Second Sunday Salon this weekend at Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine.
Richardson, who works primarily for National Geographic as a social documentarian, will explore modern agriculture – its past, present and daunting future – drawing on 20-plus years of stories and photographic essays.
Richardson and his wife, Kathy, returned to Kansas in 1997, having lived 18 years in Denver. They now live in Lindsborg, Kansas, where they operate Small World: A Gallery of Arts and Ideas on the town's Main Street.
$5 donation appreciated
Reservations highly recommended – Depot space is limited and when it's full we will have to close the doors.
Mosaic Workshop – back by popular demand
November 15 & 16 at beautiful Bartlett Arboretum
Using chipped china and old jewelry you will design and create a piece of unique and beautiful art – to take home. Most importantly you will learn the process and possess the KNOW HOW to continue on this unique creative path.
Two times available
It is essential to come both days.
Feel free to bring along sentimental, vintage & old china of your own collection, day jewels, pieces of broken heirlooms or family relics to adorn your creation.
Jaime Green's lyrical documentary ventures up the garden paths and down the Euphrates Creek, exploring how this 100-year-old wood made it into our lives today. This short film was underwritten by the Kansas Humanities Council as part of initiative Kansans Tell Their Stories for the state's 150th anniversary.
Located 20 miles south of Wichita, the century-old, historic Bartlett Arboretum is home to massive cypress, oaks and champion Japanese maples. For nearly 100 years many generations of Kansans have enjoyed this unique sanctuary once touted as "the only mature arboretum between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains."
In 1910 Dr. Walter Bartlett, a general practitioner from Belle Plaine, purchased about 40 acres of pastureland along a winding stream called the Euphrates Creek. A consummate naturalist, Dr. Bartlett collected waterfowl and minerals, but the hobby that continued throughout his lifetime and into a second century and a fourth generation was his passion for horticulture and his varied collection of trees. In the 1930s the arboretum became an approved government testing ground; the Department of Agriculture sent plants and trees from all over the world to Belle Plaine to see if they could be grown locally. In 1926 the first Tulip Festival was held at the arboretum and it was open each year until 1942 when World War II made it impossible to get help or import bulbs. In celebration of the 1961 Kansas State Centennial the garden was again open to the public and then closed officially for good in the mid-1990s.
In its mature state the arboretum has great educational value. Each year many students of botany visit the grounds. But mostly it remains a haven for wildlife, artists, nature and bird lovers, brides and grooms. The Bartlett Arboretum is privately owned and is not endowed or subsidized. Current steward Robin Macy and her volunteers are in the process of restoring the grounds, rebuilding bridges, removing dead and diseased plant material and trees in an effort to preserve this favorite retreat. Although the property is no longer open daily to the public, Ms. Macy makes the gardens available for educational purposes, concerts on the lawn and for private functions.