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Lecture - The Drunken Botanist

New York Times bestselling author Amy Stewart is back with a new book, “The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks.” Join her for an exploration of the dizzying array of plants that humans have, through ingenuity, inspiration, and sheer desperation, contrived to transform into alcohol. From the sugar cane that gives us Caribbean rum, to the juniper berries that flavor gin, to the odd and obscure fruits that flavor Italian liqueurs, Amy Stewart takes a most intoxicating perspective on the leaves, bark, seeds, roots, flowers and fruit imbibed around the world. It's the compelling mixture of history, science, literature and humor that Stewart is known for.



Amy Stewart is the award-winning author of six books on the perils and pleasures of the natural world, including three New York Times bestsellers, “Wicked Bugs,” “Wicked Plants,” and “Flower Confidential.” She lives in Eureka, California with her husband Scott Brown. They own an antiquarian bookstore called Eureka Books and tend a flock of unruly hens in their backyard. Amy has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and many other newspapers and magazines. She is the co-founder of the popular blog GardenRant and is a contributing editor at Fine Gardening magazine.


6 p.m. Social hour and tasting hosted by Slow Food Denver (included in price)

7 p.m. Program and lecture

8:30 pm Book signing by author


All lecture programs: $15 member, $20 non-member. Space is limited so register early!


Slow Food Members are welcome to register for the discounted member price of $15, please click on reciprocal member price, no idenification required.


"However many years she lived, Mary always felt that 'she should never forget that first morning when her garden began to grow'.

Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden


With the support of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and in line with the Gardens' mission of connecting people with plants, this year's series is designed to INSPIRE you to create the landscape of your dreams with the spark and surprise of a gardener entering into her landscape for the first time.

Join us for interactive and fascinating lectures that feature a variety of speakers sure to INSPIRE you to get back out into your gardens with renewed vigor. Topics range from sensualizing your landscape to discovering exciting myth and lore on common garden plants, to creating an edible cocktail party landscape.



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