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Horticultural Heroes

Horticultural Heroes celebrates 20 plant advocates from the past and present, including figures who have sometimes been overlooked in history books

Friday, October 1, 2021 to Friday, July 22, 2022
Fall Chrysanthemum Show Opening Lecture

Wednesday, November 10, 2021
5:00 to 6:00 pm - Online, Registration Link

The Science and Culture of Coffee by Dr. Sarada Krishnan

Coffee is an important agricultural commodity contributing significantly to the economies of many developing countries. Of the 124 species of Coffea, the two main commercial species used in the production of the beverage are C. arabica (Arabica coffee) and C. canephora (robusta coffee). Arabica coffee accounts for about 60% of the total coffee production. Sarada will talk about the botany and production of coffee and the research she has been involved in.

Dr. Sarada Krishnan is Director of Horticulture and Center for Global Initiatives at Denver Botanic Gardens where she is responsible for directing the design and maintenance of the horticulture displays and collections, and for developing and leading global projects. Sarada also serves as the Executive Director of International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA). The mission of IWCA is to empower women along the entire coffee supply chain through programs and partnerships in the international coffee community to achieve meaningful and sustainable lives.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021