Renowned Horticulturist to Speak on Roles of Plants in Middle Ages

SALEM, Va. —Roanoke College will host an illustrated lecture by horticulturist and plant historian Deirdre Larkin on the role of plants in the Middle Ages on Thursday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Olin Recital Hall.  Tickets are not required for this event.
 Larkin’s lecture, titled “Hortus and Herber:  Medieval Gardens and Their Plants,” is sponsored by the College’s D.L. Jordan Endowment for the Humanities.  She will discuss gardens characteristic of the Middle Ages as well as the role of plants in medieval art and life.

Larkin has a special interest in the medieval plant world and the use of traditional techniques in restoring and re-creating gardens of the Middle Ages.  She holds a master’s degree in the history of religion with a focus on antiquity and the Middle Ages.  Larkin received her horticultural training at The New York Botanical Garden.  She also worked for 10 years in the renowned Gardens of the Cloisters, a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to architecture and art of the Middle Ages. She continues to lecture on plants and gardens in medieval life and art for the Museum.  Larkin is an instructor for The New York Botanical Garden and a consultant to the Center for Medieval Studies at The Pennsylvania State University. 

Roanoke College, the country’s second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 270 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the “best in the Southeast.” Roanoke’s 1,900 students represent 41 states across the U.S. and 25 foreign countries.

For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.