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Secret Beauty: Native Plants of the Pacific Northwest by Lisa Snow Lady ~ October 3-30, 2023

Seattle native Lisa Snow Lady’s acrylic paintings and layered paper collages feature Northwest flora and the pollinators these plants support. From the artist’s statement:

I think there is a hidden or secret beauty embedded in the plants that are native to a particular region. While my own small urban garden contains many non-native species I am starting to incorporate more of the smaller native plants into it in order to attract native birds and pollinators.

For this exhibit I have done research on the plants that are native to the Pacific Northwest, and in some cases a little beyond. They are not meant to be botanically accurate renditions […] but rather artistic interpretations. I employed the medium of collage with cut and torn paper for a playful approach.

The exhibit is open during library hours. The artist is hosting a reception Saturday, October 7, from noon to 2:00 pm.


“Ecologies of Memory,” The 2023 Elisabeth Miller Memorial Lecture, by Sara Zewde

Don’t miss the 2023 Miller Memorial Lecture, available online until October 31, featuring Sara Zewde sharing her recent work on Frederick Law Olmsted’s often-overlooked years in the U.S. South and how that research has influenced Studio Zewde’s work designing meaningful public spaces that bring together ecology, culture, history, and community.

Zewde is Assistant Professor of Practice at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and Founding Principal of Studio Zewde. She brings years of experience leading complex design processes across the Americas.

The annual Elisabeth Miller Memorial Lecture is presented by the Pendleton & Elisabeth Carey Miller Charitable Foundation with support by the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden, the Elisabeth C. Miller Library, the Northwest Horticultural Society, and Great Plant Picks.


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