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Be inspired by nature

Aerial view of a wooden area surrounding a lake. Some open areas have sports fields. A city is visible in the distance.
Petersburg Legends Historical Park (Image: VPM)

Explore the connections in art and nature at two historic green spaces! Visit Petersburg Legends Historical Park and Nature Sanctuary to walk with Pat Booker and learn how the Willcox Watershed Conservancy has worked to preserve the park in addition to telling the story of the women workers who landscaped and planted the area during the 1930s. In addition to shaping the park the women also documented their work with native plants by creating pressings and a series of botanical watercolor paintings.

Tour the garden of poet  Anne Spencer, with her grand-daughter, Shaun Spencer-Hester. Hear how the garden served as both a sanctuary and as a source of inspiration, along with being a meeting place for important figures of the Harlem Renaissance and a beloved family gathering spot. 

Dr. Robyn Puffenbarger shares tips for displaying and caring for cut flowers. Serome Hamlin demonstrates how make a garden torch to add whimsy to your outdoor space.