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October 20, 2013

Shangri La launches ‘Exploration and Discovery’ lecture series

ORANGE — Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center is excited to announce the program for its upcoming “Exploration and Discovery” Lecture Series. Three premier lectures are scheduled during October and November that highlight the excitement and allure of exploration and discovery.

Presented in collaboration with the Stark Museum of Art’s current exhibition Tales and Travels, this lecture series will take participants on a journey around the world and back to the Southern U.S. in a series of virtual tours that offer unique perspectives on the natural world.

The upcoming Exploration and Discovery Lecture Series includes:

Monday, Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m.

• “The China Connection... the Plants, People and Plans of an Emerging Horticultural Giant” presented by Dr. David Creech, Director Stephen F. Austin Mast Arboretum and Pineywoods Native Plant Center

China is the ancestral home of many ornamental plants and fruits that grace Southern U.S. landscapes. Join Dr. Creech with a behind the scenes look at the plants, people and plans of an emerging horticultural giant. Journey on a visual excursion through China’s nursery and landscape industry to the wild mountains, forests and interesting cultures of Yunnan, the majestic Yangtze river, and the incredible coastal dike windbreak forests on the South China Sea. Every year, billions of dollars - as well as that many trees -- find their way into planting projects, focused on the greening of China.

Monday, Nov. 4 at 6:30 p.m.

• “Charles Darwin and His Revolutionary Idea” presented by Bryan “Fox” Ellis, Fox Tales International

Join us for an evening of dramatic storytelling, stand-up comedy and show and tell! Internationally-renowned storyteller, author and naturalist Brian “Fox” Ellis will be in the character of Charles Darwin. Visitors will find themselves transported to the meeting of the Geological Society of London as young Darwin talks about sailing around the world on HMS Beagle and the scientific evidence that led him to his revolutionary idea.

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