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Lectures and Workshops






Birds' Nest Botany

Botany for Gardeners

Ecology for Gardeners

Flowering Plant Families

Herbs, Herbals, and Herbalists

Botanical Names for the Fearful

The Herbal History of World War II


The Natural History of Medicinal Plants


Pollination: Birds, Bees, Flowers, and Seeds

World War II Botany: How Plants Won the War


In a Pickle:  The Science, Art, and Lore of Pickling

Herbal Medicine and Magic:  Sorting Facts from Fancy

Garden Herbs: Their Cultivation, Cookery, Cures, and Caveats

Canebrakes to Cotton Fields: Botanical History of the Civil War


Household Botany: Various Useful Plants in the American Home 

Vernacular Gardens: The How and Why of Dooryard Horticulture

Potions and Potables: The History and Chemistry of Herbal Drinks

Victory Gardens: How a Nation of Gardeners Helped to Win the War

Ladies in the Field: The Victorian Pastimes of Botany and Gardening
























"If you can tempt Judith Sumner to address your group, you are in for a fantastic treat! She wowed us. Her talk on herbal medicine was both intellectually stimulating and hilariously funny. We learned so much as Judith addressed myths and misinformation associated with herbs as well as truths and potential uses. Her historical perspectives and humor-filled style made her one of the best speakers we have ever had. Five stars!!!"


"Thoroughly entertaining speaker who combines her academic background with an engaging approach to plants and their history. I have now heard her speak in two very different settings——the first, a garden club in a small city setting, and the second, a Master Gardeners conference in rural Maine. And she was a hit at both. A refreshing break from the usual fare!"


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