Mars Hill University to host plant walk, talk Feb. 27

Feb 19, 2014
Photo by: Donated photo Marc Williams will present "Craft Plants of Appalachia” at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27. The two-part program will include a plant walk on the university campus at 3 pm, and an evening talk at 7 p.m., in the Ramsey Center.

The Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies at Mars Hill University will welcome ethnobotanist Marc Williams as a guest speaker for a program called “Craft Plants of Appalachia” on Thursday, February 27.

The two-part program will include a plant walk on the university campus at 3 pm, and an evening talk at 7 p.m., in the Ramsey Center.  The program is part of the Ramsey Center’s spring focus on crafts of Southern Appalachia.

During the plant walk, Williams will discuss plant identification and uses.  For the evening class, he will describe a vast array of plants that have been used for various crafts and industries in Appalachia, including textiles, basketry, toys, musical instruments, furniture making, kitchen implements, pottery and dyes for color textiles and wood products.

Much of the information for the class and plant walk comes from Williams’ personal research.  His training includes a bachelor's degree in environmental studies concentrating in sustainable agriculture from Warren Wilson College and a Master’s degree in Appalachian studies concentrating in sustainable development, with a minor in geography and planning from Appalachian State University.

Williams has taught hundreds of people about the marvelous world of plants, people and their interface.  His greatest hope is that this information may help improve our current challenging global ecological situation.  He said, “We must all grow in our knowledge and appreciation of the abundant sustainable solutions to our needs that nature provides when one has the eyes to see.”

For more information about Williams, see his website, www.botanyeveryday.com. For more information about the upcoming evening program or the plant walk, contact Hannah Furgiuele, director of programming for the Ramsey Center, at 828-689-1571, or hfurgiuele@mhu.edu.

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