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Lunch and Lecture

3rd Thursday of every month
Botanic Hall / Potter Meeting Room
12:00 – 1:00 pm
$15 members / $25 non-members (includes lunch)


Cobb Salad
Grilled chicken, sliced avocado, grape tomatoes, crispy bacon, hard cooked eggs, English cucumbers and crumbled gorgonzola served on a bed of mixed greens with Buttermilk Ranch or Balsamic Herb dressing.

Cold Salad Trio

A delectable pairing of our famous Cheekwood chicken salad, Albacore tuna salad and sundried tomato penne pasta salad served on leaf lettuce with cranberry cream cheese finger sandwiches and artisan crackers.

Chicken Salad Sandwich

The Pineapple Room’s famous chicken salad with Granny Smith apples, celery, pecans and mayonnaise served with lettuce and sliced local tomatoes on wheatberry bread.

Southwest Veggie Wrap

A seared chipotle tortilla filled with grilled vegetables, fire roasted corn and black beans, Pico de Gallo, shredded Romaine lettuce and cheddar jack cheese, accompanied by buttermilk ranch dressing.

Turkey Brie Panini

Hickory smoked turkey, roasted peppers, grilled onions, baby spinach, sliced avocado, melted Brie and basil pesto aioli on Panini pressed Cuban bread.

Drink Options include Fruit Tea or Water

*Lunches prepared as described above; no substitutions allowed.

After lunch, stay for an interesting, interactive, and educational program on exhibit-related or seasonal topics.  What a great way to spend your lunch hour!  



Lunch & Lecture

Bending Blades of Grass: Bamboo in Japanese Art and Culture
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Thursday, May 15
Celebrated for its flexibility and strength, the perennial bamboo has enjoyed diverse lives in Japanese art and culture, from delectable edibles and delicately carved tea utensils to bold ink splashes and conceptual sculptures. Join us as Dr. Halle O’Neal, Mellon Assistant Professor of History of Art at Vanderbilt, explores these various manifestations, many of which balance on the edge of function and art. After the program, tour Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art in the Museum of Art.

For the Love of Plants: Hydrangeas & Blooming Shrubs
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Thursday, June 19
Join us as Rita Randolph, nationally recognized garden writer and speaker, describes her 35 years in the greenhouse business, shares her vast knowledge of cultivating and arranging rare and interesting plants, and reveals some of her favorite flowering shrubs for the area…including the intriguing family of hydrangeas!

Decoding Andy Warhol: Lifestyle & Art
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Thursday, July 17
Fifty years ago, during the summer of 1964, Andy Warhol began working on silkscreen paintings of Flowers, a subject that would preoccupy him for the rest of his life. Best known for his vibrant pop imagery and searing commentary on art and popular culture, Warhol’s flower imagery reveals a softer, more intimate side of the artist. Join us as Vivien Fryd, Chair of the Department of Art History at Vanderbilt, looks at Andy Warhol's background and examines his closeted sexuality and how it is both absent and present in his various subjects such as his flowers and comics. Following the lecture, a guided tour of Andy Warhol’s Flowers will be offered.

Easy Gardens for the South
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Thursday, August 21
Gardeners face unique challenges throughout the south. Harvey Cotton’s book, Easy Gardens for the South, is designed to help home gardeners choose the best plants to create a beautiful and sustainable landscape without having a horticultural degree. Through this lecture you will learn which annuals, perennials, bulbs, shrubs, vines and trees are best suited to thrive in our southern climate of hot, humid summers, periods of extreme drought followed by heavy rain…with a late freeze or two thrown in for good measure. Join us as Mr. Cotton describes the plants that are the easiest to grow, provide the most color and have low water requirements. Putting the Right Plant in the Right Place is the first step in creating a successful, sustainable garden and this presentation will help show you the way to creating a beautiful landscape.

Ordinary Plants with Extraordinary Stories
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Thursday, September 18
You walk past them every day. Mute, they cannot tell us of their fascinating roles in our nation’s history, or further back, their contributions to the Native American way of life. However, you can tell their story for them after this fascinating, sometimes funny program. Join us as Carol Reese, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist with the UT Extension Service and distinguished speaker, uncovers the extraordinary stories of some very ordinary plants.


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