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Speaker Series Luncheon: Joan Calder, Airplanes in the Garden – A Lesson from the Gardener

October 11, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Friday, October 11, 12:00-1:00pm

Non-Members: $25, WBG Members: $20

WBG Members use code WBGMEMBER at checkout to receive discount


Join us for a catered lunch and an informative talk with speakers on assorted topics.

This luncheon features:

“Airplanes in the Garden – A Lesson from the Gardener”

Joan will share her passion for monarch butterflies and a burning desire to educate and excite children and adults about these wonders of nature. You’ll also see footage of when Joan visits a school to share the fictional story that was inspired by the real-life ‘lab assistants’, Sergio and Stanley. You’ll discover why Joan decided to write such a book.

Joan Z. Calder is an author, horticulturist, and life-long gardener. She enjoys playing in the dirt and currently lives in Santa Barbara, California. She grew up learning about gardening on a dairy farm in Cato, Wisconsin. After receiving a B.A. in Social Work and holding various jobs, she returned to school to follow her passion, earning a degree in Ornamental Horticulture.

Joan managed the Greenhouse for Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and teaches garden design classes through the Santa Barbara City College Center for Lifelong Learning.

Luncheon Series Sponsored by: PNC Bank


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Although we are unable to refund registration fees in the case of cancellation by the purchaser, the paid registration can be transferred to another student. In this case, please notify Allison Whitehouse at or 502-276-5404 with the name of who will attend in your place. Multi-event series cannot be transferred. In the event that Waterfront Botanical Gardens cancels a class for any reason (e.g. low enrollment, instructor unavailability, natural hazard, etc.), we will attempt to reschedule the class or event. If there is no reschedule, the purchaser will be issued a full refund. Refunds are issued by check only.

Emergency Cancellation

In the event of an emergency cancellation, the Gardens will contact registered students with a cancellation notice (always provide/maintain a current email address and phone number so that we may notify you of an emergency or cancellation). The Gardens will attempt to reschedule classes cancelled due to an emergency event if possible.



October 11, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Graeser Family Education Center
1435 Frankfort Ave
Louisville, KY 40206 United States