Kate Furbish topic of talk



BAR HARBOR — Bowdoin College’s Director of Special Collections Kat Stefko will give a talk at Garland Farm on Monday, July 23, at 4 p.m.

The talk will retrace botanist Kate Furbish’s steps to some of the places most near and dear to her heart, and explore the plants and wonders she found there. The Beatrix Farrand Society is sponsoring this event.

“Kate Furbish (1837-1934) lived in the same quiet area of Brunswick for more than 90 years,” according to a press release. “And, yet, her life was anything but sedentary, or settled. This remarkable woman, a gifted botanist and artist, spent more than 40 years traveling the state of Maine, from the southern shoreline to the northern woods, and into the wilderness of Rangeley and beyond.

“More than 8,000 of her botanical samples survive, as does an extensive and impressive collection of more than 1,300 beautiful and skillfully rendered watercolor paintings of Maine’s plants. Furbish gave her watercolors to Bowdoin College in 1908, and they remain today among the college’s most treasured special collections. While Furbish traveled extensively, and seemingly exhaustively, she, like most botanists, had her favorite places to explore.”

This talk costs $10 for members of the Beatrix Farrand Society and $20 for nonmembers. Refreshments will be available after the talk. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call 581-2937 or contact [email protected]. Visit www.beatrixfarrandsociety.org.

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