Women and the Environment

Living Witnesses: Black Narratives of Resilience and Trees (online)

Explore the intricate ways in which Black individuals and trees are connected.

Content Detail

Join us for a captivating journey through time and nature as we delve into the profound relationship between Black communities and the world of trees. Living Witnesses: Black Narratives of Resilience and Trees is a thought-provoking webinar that explores the intricate connections between Black individuals and the arboreal world. This event, hosted by Black plant media curator Colah B Tawkin, who also founded a nonprofit with a mission to plant trees in every state, brings to light the good, the bad, and unique aspects of this relationship, offering a space to reflect on history, heritage, and healing.

This program meets on Zoom.

Speaker: Colah B Tawkin, host and creator, Black in the Garden podcast

Course number: N052


Buy the Black in the Garden Coloring Book!

Add a copy of the Black in the Garden coloring book to your registration. This 20-page coloring book brings to life botanical Black excellence, illustrated by Black female visual artist @Makerchamp.

For each copy purchased, The Morton Arboretum will donate a coloring book to youth from communities of color to help inspire a new generation of diverse plant lovers.

The Black in the Garden coloring book is $10 plus a $5 shipping and handling fee. Books will be mailed after the program on Thursday, February 22. Limited supplies are available!


Colah B Tawkin, host and creator, Black in the Garden

Colah B Tawkin is a visionary leader, skillfully combining her passion for planting with her creativity and charisma on the mic. As the mastermind behind the Black in the Garden podcast and founder of the nonprofit Underground Arborist, she’s on a mission to diversify plant-related industries as she amplifies the green aspect of Black culture. In its first years, the podcast gained top ratings and a global audience, connecting with influential guests and fostering inclusivity. Tawkin’s wit and insights make horticulture accessible, while her role as a mother and former trucker enriches her unique perspective. She’s a sought-after speaker and an ambassador for environmental stewardship through her nonprofit. She embraces her calling as the planeteer Captain Planet raised her to be, blooming with purpose and making a powerful impact!

What to Know

The online session will be recorded.

Pay What You Can

To ensure that this program is accessible, a variety of pricing options are available.

For $5 tickets: Enter discount code EDWOMEN5 at checkout.

For $10 tickets: Enter discount code EDWOMEN10 at checkout.

Museums for All tickets: Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cardholders can enter discount code EDMFA23OFF at checkout for $1 tickets.

Program Schedule

Thursday, February 22, 2024, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Online, Zoom


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