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“The Botany of Halloween”

Presented by Stephen G. Saupe, PhD

Many plants are associated with our spookiest holiday.  This presentation will describe the history of this holiday and especially focus on plants related to witchcraft and how the pumpkin became the quintessential symbol of Halloween.

Stephen is a Professor of Biology in the joint biology department of the College of St. Benedict and Saint John’s University where he teaches courses in plant physiology, plant systematics and introductory biology.  He received his PhD from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  He is one of the leaders of the St. John’s maple syrup operation.  He has a small hobby farm where he raises an assortment of fruits, veggies, and nuts (especially hazelnuts).