Ladew presents the Spring Lecture series, featuring distinguished speakers who will offer insights and inspiration to garden lovers and gardeners of all ages and abilities. The featured speakers will take you on a journey through their explorations of garden design concepts, plant selections, growing techniques, floral design, and natural history, while offering rare glimpses into some of the nation’s most beautiful private gardens.
Ladew’s Lecture Series are offered every Spring and Fall.
New and Underused Perennials to Expand Your Palette with Ruth Rogers Clausen Sponsored by Pinehurst
Thursday, October 1 | 10:30 am Studio
Are you tired of having your hard work gobbled up by herds of hungry deer? Have you given up on trying to create an aesthetically pleasing garden with interesting plant combinations because you think it’s no longer possible? Invigorate your gardening enthusiasm with tips from well-known garden writer, author and botanist Ruth Rogers Clausen through her years of experience with growing and knowing the “ins and outs” of perennial gardening right here in deer country! Clausen was trained in horticulture in the UK and has been in the industry for over 50 years. She was Horticulture Editor for Country Living Gardener for more than 7 years. Clausen has lectured widely and has written several successful gardening books including Perennials for American Gardens, Dreamscaping, 50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants, and newly released for 2015, Essential Perennials: The Complete Reference to 2700 Perennials for the Home Garden. A book sale and signing will take place.
Sakonnet Garden - Coherent Design versus Obsessive Collecting with John Gwynne
Thursday, October 8 | 10:30 am Studio
Join Sakonnet Garden co-founder John Gwynne as he shares the thirty plus year evolution of this secret Rhode Island garden embedded within a native coastal field landscape that originally began as a natural tangle of autumn olives and oriental bittersweet. At the diminutive scale of a cottage garden, its labyrinth of spaces are carved organically out of the original thicket. Each outdoor room reflects the owner’s ongoing experiments with lighting, space, color mixing, collecting and growing wonderful plants. It is conceived as an intimate place to explore, with multiple paths leading one onward to unexpected experiences. Gwynne, co-creator of Sakonnet with partner Mikel Folcarelli, is a trained artist and landscape architect. He is the former vice president/creative director of design for the Wildlife Conservation Society, which operates the Bronx Zoo, where he designed signature, natural wildlife habitat exhibits. He traveled to many nations helping the society’s efforts at landscape-scale conservation and is still involved with global conservation education and local meadow restoration. For more information, visit www.sakonnetgarden.com.
Windowsill Art with Nancy Ross Hugo
Thursday, October 15 | 10:30 am Studio
Through slides and on-site arrangements, Nancy Ross Hugo will share some of her own windowsill creations (which range from naturalistic to Asian-inspired and contemporary designs), using bottles, jars, and other small vases, to showcase leaves, seed pods, flowers, and twigs in ways to celebrate the seasons. According to Hugo, this simple, easy form of floral design requires very little plant material but results in lavish learning and a deepening appreciation of natural rhythms. Hugo lives, gardens, writes, and arranges flowers in central Virginia. As garden columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, education manager for the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, and writer for Horticulture, Fine Gardening, American Forests, and Virginia Wildlife, she learned early how to combine her love for the outdoors with her passion for writing and knack for explaining complex subjects in simple, straightforward language. Two of her most notable books include Seeing Trees: Discover the Extraordinary Secret Lives of Everyday Trees and Windowsill Art: Creating One-of-a-kind Arrangements that Celebrate the Seasons. A book sale and signing will take place. For more information, visit www.nancyrosshugo.com.
Stonecrop Gardens: A Hudson Highlands Gem with Caroline Burgess
Thursday, October 22 | 10:30 am Studio
Perched in a dramatic, wind-swept setting in the Hudson Highlands, just sixty miles north of New York City, Stonecrop Gardens was the home of Garden Conservancy founder Frank Cabot and his wife, Anne. Today, Stonecrop is open to the public and inspires visitors to explore the infinite variety of the plant kingdom through its displays of raised alpine stone beds and a cliff rock garden, woodland and water gardens, an enclosed English-style flower garden, and a 2,000 square-foot conservatory housing tender specimens. Fresh from the elite horticulture program at the Royal Botanic Garden at Kew and having worked many years for Rosemary Verey at Barnsley House, English horticulturist Caroline Burgess joined the Cabot’s in developing Stonecrop into a public garden in the mid-1980’s. Under Burgess’ direction, Stonecrop’s gardens have expanded in scope and diversity, and now encompass twelve acres of varied garden spaces containing an encyclopedic collection of plants. For more information, visit www.stonecrop.org.
Thomas Jefferson: Gardener with Peter Hatch
Thursday, October 29 | 10:30 am Studio
Thomas Jefferson wrote, "…the greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add a useful plant to its culture.” Peter Hatch's illustrated lecture will discuss the themes that defined Thomas Jefferson’s passion for natural history, landscape design, and horticulture. Hatch will also review the restoration of Monticello's gardens, focusing on Jefferson's revolutionary vegetable garden, and the Jeffersonian legacy in food, wine, and gardening. As Director of Gardens and Grounds at Monticello since 1977, Peter J. Hatch has been responsible for the maintenance, interpretation, and conservation of its 2,400-acre landscape. He has written several books on Jefferson’s gardens, including A Rich Spot of Earth, and is an advisor for First Lady Michelle Obama’s White House kitchen garden. A book sale and signing will take place. For more information, visit www.peterjhatch.com.
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We live in a post-wild world, increasingly surrounded by more and more urbanization. How should our plantings respond to this context? Join writer and landscape architect Thomas Rainer to hear how naturally occurring plant communities hold the secrets for a new kind of planting — more layered, more lush, and more full of life than conventional planting. This talk will explore how plants fit together in the wild, showing gardeners how to use those strategies to create more resilient, diverse, and beautiful planting. For more info, visit www.landscapeofmeaning.blogspot.com.
Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities to Evoke Nature with Thomas Rainer
Wednesday, March 18 | 10:30 am
sponsored by Pinehurst Landscape Company
Regenerative Organic Agriculture with Coach Mark Smallwood
Tuesday, March 24 | 10:30 am
With the explosion of support for USDA certified organic products, many understand the concept of organic to represent an absence of toxic chemicals. This is partially true, however, the organic approach is one where the farmer works with nature, not against it. Coach Smallwood explores Regenerative Organic Agriculture — a specific application of organic principles with the goal of building healthy soil over time, which provides a number of benefits including healthier food, healthier people and a healthier environment. For more info, visit www.rodaleinstitute.org.
The Bartlett Book of Garden Elements with Rose Love Bartlett
Wednesday, April 1 | 10:30 am
sponsored by Pinehurst Landscape Company
Whether as grand as an allee, humble as a boot scrape, practical as a drain, whimsical as a birdhouse, essential as a staircase, or ornamental as a sculpture, garden elements can inspire. Join Rose Love Bartlett as she takes you on a pictorial journey through highlights of the book, The Bartlett Book of Garden Elements, which covers 24 countries. She will discuss the origins and roots of garden design features while providing practical suggestions for the use and maintenance of these elements in the contemporary garden. For more info, visit www.rosesgardenshop.com.
More Than Just a Mere Brown Room: the Legacy of Baltimore’s Billy Baldwin with Jim Abbott
Wednesday, April 8 | 10:30 am
In this illustrated lecture, Evergreen Museum & Library's James Abbott will celebrate the lasting contributions of Baltimore's own, internationally recognized tastemaker Billy Baldwin (1903-1983). Mr. Abbott will identify surviving Baltimore interiors by Baldwin, while enhancing understanding of the 'Monument City's contributions to his iconic design vocabulary.
Plant Success with Ian Cooke
Wednesday, April 15 | 10:30 am
This fast paced presentation will open the door to new and exciting areas of ornamental horticulture. Plants succeed and fail due to a number of conditions and circumstances. In this presentation we will not only identify these key criteria but understand how they work and how they interact with each other. For more info, visit www.planted.co.
Special Evening Lecture, Dinner & Shopping!!!
Native Plants for Native Birds with Gregg Tepper
Thursday, June 4 | 7:00 pm
Sponsored by The Mill
Join horticulturist and native plant enthusiast Gregg Tepper for an entertaining and informative lecture on using native plants in your home landscape to attract and provide shelter for our native birds. He will feature the best trees, shrubs and plants that will appeal to both you and our feathered friends. Gregg has lectured on native plants extensively in the U.S. and Great Britain. He is the Director of Horticulture of the newly-formed Delaware Botanic Gardens.
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