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Forgotten Grasslands: Envisioning the Presettlement Piedmont
Evelyn McNeill Sims Lecture presented by Philip Juras
Sunday, April 25th, 2 - 4pm
North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, NC

The uplands of the southeastern Piedmont have been thoroughly transformed since the arrival of European settlers. Centuries of agriculture, settlement, fire suppression, and reforestation have produced the landscape we know today. Long gone and forgotten is the widespread scene of open, old growth grassy woodlands that early explorers and settlers encountered centuries ago. Inspired by how different that forgotten landscape was from today’s Piedmont, and by the rich visual and natural environment it offered, Philip examines the ecology and history of these “Piedmont savannas” to create a vision of them in oil on canvas.

The presentation will be accompanied by the exhibit:

A Vision of Grasslands in the Southeast
Landscapes in Oil by Philip Juras
April 25 - June 25
North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, NC
An opening recption will follow Philip's lecture at 3pm.