President Craig Turner to Address Walk and Talk Luncheon at the Western KY Botanical Gardens

Turner to pair nature, literature at botanical garden

By Angela Oliver Messenger-Inquirer | Posted: Monday, May 5, 2014 12:00 am

Nature is quite the muse, and Craig Turner, president of Kentucky Wesleyan College, will offer thoughts on how it appears in the works of artists and authors at the Western Kentucky Botanical Garden's latest Walk & Talk luncheon.


"How Do I Love Thee? let Me Count the Ways: Gardening and Literature," will be at 11:30 a.m. May 13 at the Western Kentucky Botanical Garden, 25 Carter Road.


"We will be exploring the uses of gardens and flowers in the writings of some of our greatest authors, from obvious nature lovers like Wordsworth, to some more unexpected flowers lovers such as William Faulkner and Robert Browning," Turner said.


Turner will also speak about nature is used in "metaphors, similes, analogies and simple references to help us understand and appreciate difficult, complex ideas by calling our attention to familiar elements in the natural world around us," he said.

"While that may sound like a stuffy English teacher, there are some interesting and fun things to explore in this area."


Susie Tyler, who directs the garden with her husband Bill, invited Turner to speak because "it's a natural fit with his background in literature," she said. "I think it will give people a new view of gardening."


Turner, a published author who has a bachelor of arts in English and history, a master's in English and a doctorate in British and American literature, said flowers and plants were an important part of his home as a child. His wife, Annette, also loves them.


He used to garden more as a hobby, but leaves it to the professionals these days.

"I'm blessed to live in a beautiful President's Home on campus and have professionals doing the gardening," he said. "Also, my job frequently keeps me pretty busy."


Turner is looking forward to his first time speaking at the garden and hopes his participation will introduce a few new people to it.


"As an educator, I certainly want to support community efforts to expand our understanding and appreciation of educational opportunities," he said. "But, I also love flowers and plants and the inspiration that they have provided for artists of all types."


Tickets are $10 for garden members and $12 or nonmembers. For reservations, call 859-8925 or email


Angela Oliver, 691-7360,


Courtesy Messenger-Inquirer

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