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The Waveland Summer Author Series will host author, photographer, and wildflower expert Thomas G. Barnes, who will speak about his work at noon on June 21, at Waveland State Historic Site in Lexington.
Barnes, an extension professor of forestry and wildlife specialist at the University of Kentucky is the author of “Wildflowers and Ferns of Kentucky”, “Rare Wildflowers of Kentucky”, “Kentucky’s Last Great Places”, “Gardening for the Birds”, and “How to Find and Photograph Kentucky Wildflowers”.
He has cataloged rare plants across the state and documented both endangered species in the Bluegrass and the impact of development on the environment.
Barnes academic interests include wildlife conservation, biodiversity and habitat restoration. This event will give visitors a chance to meet the author, ask questions and learn about the rich diversity of Kentucky flora in a casual and historic setting. Children and families are welcome.
The free series, sponsored by Waveland, the University Press of Kentucky, Friends of Waveland, and the Morris Book Shop, features University Press of Kentucky authors speaking about their works in the context of Kentucky’s rich history. Each talk runs from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month on the grounds or in the cabin at Waveland, 225 Waveland Museum Lane, off Nicholasville Road.
Books will be available for purchase on site from The Morris Book Shop, and those wishing to read ahead may pick up a copy at the store at 882 E. High Street. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch, or may pre-order a box lunch from belle’s bakery 859- 269-8223 (48 hours advance, please). Tours of the Waveland Mansion will be available on the hour at the regular price through 4 p.m.
The series will continue every third Thursday through October, with a new featured author each month. The schedule for the rest of 2012 is:
* July 19-Mary Hamilton, “Kentucky Folktales: Revealing Stories, Truths, and Outright Lies”
* August 16-Daniel Rowland, “Bluegrass Renaissance: The History and Culture of Central Kentucky”
* September 20-Mike Veach, “A Social History of Bourbon”, by Gerald Carson
* October 18-Macy Wyatt, “Ghosts of the Bluegrass”
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