Author of “The Weeping Goldsmith” at the
National Museum of Natural History Museum Store
Monday, February 15th
2:00pm - 4:00 pm
“The Weeping Goldsmith,” written and featuring photographs by W. John Kress, curator and research scientist in the Department of Botany at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, highlights the people and culture of Myanmar through his understanding of their country’s flora, natural habitats and human-dominated environments. In his extensive travels, Kress came upon “the weeping goldsmith,” a ginger flower and the namesake of his book, and legend has it that local goldsmiths were brought to tears by the blossom because their creations paled in comparison to its beauty.
Dr. Kress will be on hand for signings and discussion of both “The Weeping Goldsmith” and “Botanica Magnifica,” an elegant art book with 250 stunning photographs of rare and exotic plants and flowers to which Dr. Kress also contributed.
National Museum of Natural History
Museum Store, Ground Floor
10th St & Constitution Ave, NW
Metro: Metro Center or Smithsonian