Darwin the Botanist – not just the orchids!

As a part of the Darwin Day celebration the North Carolina Botanical Garden has organized a series of events for today, culminating in the lecture “Darwin the Botanist” by Dr.William Kimler, a Darwinian scholar and the professor of History (of Science) at NCSU:

Most people do not think of Charles Darwin as a botanist. He is famously connected to the animals of the Galapagos Islands, and to the subjects of animal and human evolution and behavior. But Darwin’s famous curiosity did extend to plants. In fact, among his numerous publications are a book on carnivorous plants and one on orchid pollination titled, “On the Various Contrivances by which British and Foreign Orchids are Fertilised by Insects.” Dr. Kimler will discuss the influence of botany and some famous botanists on Darwin’s training and on his work as a naturalist. A look at Darwin’s lifelong interest in the biology of plants reveals some surprising insights into his scientific work on evolution.

The entrance fee of $10 rasies funds for the Botanical Garden, which is a Good Thing To Do. I’ll be there, too, so come along and bring your friends…

2 responses to “Darwin the Botanist – not just the orchids!

  1. A-HA! Here is the evidence I will use to counter claims of people who say ‘how come all the best Darwin Day events have to be in London?’

  2. All the best events of any kind have to be in Chapel Hill, of course.