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Musselman to Deliver Twilight Lecture on Plants of the Scriptures

The next event in the Twilight Botanical Lecture Series sponsored by Norfolk Botanical Garden (NBG) and Old Dominion University will be a presentation by ODU botanist Lytton Musselman on Tuesday, April 6, about plants that are named in sacred texts.

"From Beirut to Borneo in Pursuit of Bible Botany" is the topic of Musselman's lecture, which will be given from 6-7 p.m. in the botanical garden's Rose Garden Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Musselman, ODU's Mary Payne Hogan Professor of Botany, has traveled extensively in biblical regions and studied plants there for more than three decades. His book, "Figs, Dates, Laurel, and Myrrh: Plants of the Bible and Quran," was published in 2007 by Timber Press.

The lecture will describe many of the fruits and flowers of biblical times. The speaker will answer questions about the fruit in the Garden of Eden and why trees are so prominent in the Scriptures.

The botanical garden and ODU launched the Twilight Lecture Series in 2007 following their agreement to forge a formal working relationship. Timothy Motley was hired in 2006 as the J. Robert Stiffler Distinguished Professor in Botany and Horticulture at ODU and NBG.

Stiffler, who died earlier this year, was the long-time gardening columnist of The Virginian-Pilot, a collaborator with horticulturists at NBG and the author of "Gardening in Southeastern Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina." The professorship was made possible by a $1 million anonymous gift.

The Twilight Lecture Series is for anyone with interests in botany and natural history. For more information about the lecture series, call NBG at 441-5830, extension 346, or the ODU Department of Biological Sciences at 683-3595.

This article was posted on: March 29, 2010

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