July 17, 2005
Topic: The Hartman Prehistoric Garden - a Place for Ancient Plants in a Modern World
About the speaker
The talk will describe the garden's interesting flora and fauna designed to transport the visitor 100 million years back in time, to the shores of the Tethys Sea, when dinosaurs ruled the world.
More on Craig Nazor:
Craig Nazor was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and spent many youthful hours hiking and later volunteering at the Holden Arboretum in Kirkland, Ohio. Upon graduating from Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Institute of Music in 1971 with a BA degree in music, Craig moved to New York City. Between tours with various New York City performing arts companies, he spent time at many of the great museums, botanical gardens, zoos, and parks that are found in and around Manhattan Island. In 1982 he moved to Natchitoches, Louisiana, where he earned a Master of Music degree from Northwestern State University, and later taught on the faculty of NSU. While in Louisiana, Craig was President of the Natchitoches Audubon Society and a volunteer at the Caroline Dorman Nature Preserve. As a member of the board of directors of Friends of the Alexandria Zoo, he designed and executed plantings for zoo exhibits, assisted in fundraising efforts, and helped established an education program. In 1987, Craig moved to Austin, Texas, and completed a DMA degree in Theory/Composition at the University of Texas at Austin. He currently teaches music at Austin Community College.
Craig is an active member of the Austin Cactus and Succulent Society and the Austin Area Garden Council. His council work includes organizing the volunteer performers at the annual Zilker Garden Festival. From 2001–2002, he was the Horticultural Consultant for the Hartman Prehistoric Garden, where he designed, procured, and installed the plantings for this new facility. He continues to organize volunteers to help in the maintenance of this garden. In 2002, Craig was elected to the board of The Cycad Society, an international organization that is dedicated to the conservation of cycads (an ancient family of plants) through education and scientific research. He currently serves as the membership director of this organization.