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Botanical Illustrations on Exhibit in Somers

July 7, 2005

An art exhibit titled “Alive in New York, a Growing Invasion,” featuring 43 original works of art by 30 local botanical illustrators that depict the most common invasive plants in Westchester, will open Saturday, July 9, in the Main House Gallery at Lasdon Park, Arboretum and Veterans Memorial in Somers.

The exhibit is designed to highlight the beauty of these tenacious species and to educate the public about these plants that aggressively acquire the habitat of our native species. It is hoped that learning to recognize these plants and vines is the first step toward controlling their spread. Illustrations will include many of these plants that menace our environment, along with some of our native plants that are at risk.

The exhibiting artists are members of the prestigious Guild of Natural Science Illustrators of Greater New York.

The exhibit will be on view from noon to 3:30 p.m. on weekends, July 9 and 10, 16 and 17, 23 and 24, 30 and 31 and August 6 and 7. An opening reception for the Friends of Lasdon, the artists and the general public will take place on Saturday, July 9, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

“Alive in New York, a Growing Invasion” is sponsored by the Friends of Lasdon Park and Arboretum.

Lasdon Park, Arboretum and Veterans Memorial is a facility of Westchester County Parks. It is can be reached via I-684, exit 6 (Katonah/Cross River). Head west off the exit; the park is four miles ahead on the left.

For more information about the exhibit, call the Friends of Lasdon at (914) 864-7270. For information about Lasdon Park, call (914) 864-7268.



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