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Celebrate Earth Day at Flowerfest, April 17
Experience and learn about the beautiful flowers that surround us in Charleston during this day-long event that coincides with Earth Day on Saturday, April 17. Programs for both children and adults will be offered throughout the day at the Main Library, 68 Calhoun Street.

Children's events:

10 – 10:45 a.m.
Storytime Redoute: The Man Who Painted Flowers
College of Charleston drama student reads in period costume.

11 – 11:45 a.m.
Create a Butterfly Garden – Talk and Tips
Learn how to create a butterfly garden with Dwight Williams, Director of Cypress Gardens.

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Storytime William Bartram: The Flower Hunter
College of Charleston drama student reads in period costume.

12:30 p.m.
Mama Earth: Her Destiny, Our Hands
Greenplanet Films, 23 minutes

Adult events:

10 – 10:30 a.m.
Charleston's French Botanic Garden Archaeological Dig
Learn about the archaeological dig with Dr. DeeDee Joyce of the College of Charleston and independent surveyor Walter Dunlap.

10 – 10:30 a.m.
Caring for Roses
Learn tips on caring for roses from Dr. Jim Lancaster, member of the Lowcountry Rose Society and Consulting Rosarian for the American Rose Society.

11:30 a.m.
Flower Photography Tips
Get tips on taking beautiful photographs of flowers from Reference Librarian John Van Dalen.

12 p.m.
The Noisette Rose
Learn about this beautiful rose from Noisette descendat Dedra Gourdine Davis and antique rose expert Ruth Knopf.

1 – 2 p.m.
Poisonous Plants in the Lowcountry
Learn about the poisonous plants found in the Lowcountry with garden writer PJ Gartin.

2 – 3 p.m.
What's Happening at Magnolia Gardens?
Tom Johnson, Director of Gardens, talks about all the happenings at Magnolia Gardens.

Want to learn more? Try some of these titles:

Butterfly Watching by Diane Bair
The Butterfly Book: A Kid's Guide to Attracting, Raising and Keeping Butterflies by
K. R. Hamilton
The Dangerous World of Butterflies: The Startling Subculture of Criminals, Collectors and Conservationists by Peter Laufer
Attracting Butterflies & Hummingbirds to Your Backyard: Watch Your Garden Come Alive with Beauty on the Wing by Sally Roth
A World for Butterflies: Their Lives, Behavior and Future by Phillip Schappert

Secrets of the Miniature Rose by Elizabeth Abler
In Search of Lost Roses by Thomas Christopher
Noisette Roses: 19th Century Charleston's Gift to the World by Virginia Kean
Gardening with Old Roses by John Scarman
Roses in the Southern Garden by G. Michael Shoup

Flower Photography
Flower & Garden Photography by Derek Fell
The Art of Flower and Garden Photography by Clive Nichols