Black Garden History: A Great American Garden Road Trip
with Abra Lee, Director of Horticulture, Historic Oakland Foundation and writer,
Conquer the Soil
Friday, February 2, 2024, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

$10 AHS members/$15 non-members


Join horticultural historian Abra Lee for a captivating session of plant-centered storytelling! In a virtual tour across time and geography, Lee will illuminate the historic and influential figures in Black garden history. From an extraordinary tale of espionage in the name of flowers, to familial ties to the Harlem Renaissance, Black America has long sown seeds of greatness in the garden. This road trip celebrates iconic plant people and their historic achievements.

Abra Lee is an American public horticulturalist, historian, and writer who researches Black garden history and raises awareness of the subject through social media. She serves as Director of Horticulture at Historic Oakland Foundation, which stewards Atlanta’s oldest public park. As a horticultural writer and lecturer, she has worked with institutions such as Smithsonian Gardens and Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. She founded the social media platform Conquer the Soil, which raises horticultural awareness through Black garden history and current events, and Lee anticipates publication of a book by the same name in 2025.