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Spring Lecture 2017 

Special Evening Dinner and Lecture
The Foodscape Revolution with Brie Arthur
Thursday, June 1
5 – 6:45 pm dinner in Café (Garden admission included, weather permitting)  
Location: Ladew Gardens |7 pm lecture in Barn Gallery |with book sale 
Tickets: $40 Members | $50 Non-Members 
Registration: Advance registration and payment required

Working with public school systems and suburban developments, Brie Arthur is the changing the way green spaces are designed and utilized. Encouraging everyone to "think outside of the box," Brie pairs edibles in a traditional ornamental landscape increasing bio-diversity and inspiring and engaging people of all ages. Originally from southeastern Michigan, Brie studied Landscape Design and Horticulture at Purdue University. With more than a decade of experience as a grower and propagator at leading nurseries such as Plant Delights and Camellia Forest, Brie is combining her passion for plants and design and communicating the value of horticulture. She is leading the national suburban Foodscape movement, a model of community development that incorporates sustainable, local food production. She is a correspondent on the PBS television show Growing a Greener World.

Brie's forthcoming book,The Foodscape Revolution, will be for sale.

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Special Evening Dinner and Lecture
Living on the Wind: The Miracle of Bird Migration with Scott Weidensaul
Thursday, September 28
5 – 6:45 pm dinner in Café (Garden admission included, weather permitting)    
Location: Ladew Gardens |7 pm lecture in Barn Gallery |with book sale 
Tickets: $40 Members | $50 Non-Members 
Registration: Tickets should be purchased in advance. 
Questions: Call Rachel Hebert at 410.557.9570 ext. 261 or   
Ticket Purchasing begins June 1  

Forever we have been spellbound by the migration of birds, in which even the smallest species traverses immensities of space the way we cross the street. New research continually expands our understanding of where birds travel and their migratory feats. But while the populations of many migratory birds are in decline, we can do many things to save them. Naturalist and author Scott Weidensaul explores the wonder and mechanics of migration, and the simple, effective ways we can preserve them.

Scott Weidensaul is the author of more than two dozen natural history books, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist Living on the Wind, about bird migration, Return to Wild America, and The First Frontier: The Forgotten History of Struggle, Savagery and Endurance in Early America. His newest book, The Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean was published in 2015. Weidensaul is a contributing editor for Audubon and writes for a variety of other publications; he lives in the mountains of eastern Pennsylvania, where he studies the migration of owls and hummingbirds.


Fall Lecture Series  2017 

Ladew’s Fall Lecture Series features distinguished speakers who will offer insights and inspiration to garden lovers and gardeners of all ages and abilities. The presenters 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 is offered every Spring and Fall and is held in Harvey Ladew’s studio or barn gallery.

Tickets$25 for Members | $30 for Non-members
Series Discount: Sign up for all 5 Daytime Lectures and receive one Free. 
Ladew Members $100|Non-members $120 
Time: Lectures begin at 10:30 am. Coffee and Danish are served at 10 am. 
Lunch$12 lunch is optional and by reservation. (lunch reservations close on the Friday prior to each lecture Please notify us of any dietary restrictions if you are pre-ordering a lecture lunch) .
RSVP: Tickets should be purchased in advanced.
Questions:  Call Rachel Hebert at 410.557.9570 ext. 261  or  
Ticket Purchasing  begins June 1  

Candy in the Garden:
Ideas and Inspiration to create eye-catching drama in any garden setting with Kent Russell
Thursday, October 5 | 10:30 am 
 A nationally recognized celebrity gardener, Kent will entertain and educate with his informative presentation "Candy in the Garden." Served up with verve and humor and illustrated with a wide assortment of live plant material, he will focus on creating eye-catching drama in any garden setting. In addition to the abundant plant material, Kent will share stories about his recent gardening adventures. Kent served as "The Garden Guru" on PBS and is listed as a preferred speaker by The Garden Club of America. Essentially born with a silver trowel in his hand, he started his life in horticulture at his family's nursery, Russell Gardens in Bucks County, PA. Kent designs gardens and container plantings for clients throughout the East Coast.
Sculpture in the Garden: A Retrospective with Mary Ann Mears
Thursday, October 12 | 10:30 am 

Mary Ann Mears is Ladew’s 2017 featured artist, whose sculptures are on display in our wildflower meadow through October 31st. Mary Ann’s career as an artist, who creates site-specific public art, involves her in thinking about ways to integrate art into a space so that it enhances it and expresses ideas unique to that place and to the community around it. She will discuss how she approaches garden sites, whether placing existing pieces or creating new sculpture, and she will share reflections on ways she draws images and inspiration from the natural world.

Passionate about sharing her joy in creating art, Mears is an advocate for the arts, especially arts education. She will talk about the relationship of being an artist creating public art and an advocate working in communities to bring arts education to all students in Maryland schools.

The art of gardening at Chanticleer with Bill Thomas 
Thursday, October  19 | 10:30 am | with book sale  

Join Chanticleer's Executive Director and Head Gardener Bill Thomas for a visual tour and behind-the-scenes look at what the Washington Post calls “one of the most interesting and edgy public gardens in America.” Chanticleer is known for its residential-scale plant combinations featuring foliage textures and colors, its wide variety of containers, and its imaginative homemade furniture. This is a garden where the staff are the designers, competing with each other and with the horticultural world to make the garden fun, visually exciting, and environmentally responsible. 

Bill has been working at Chanticleer for 14 years. Previously, he was at Longwood Gardens for 26 years. He leads the talented Chanticleer staff in its continued development of the young garden, now in its 24th year. He emphasizes an environmentally sensitive and multi-century approach to the property and is unifying the former estate into one cohesive garden. 

He and the staff co-authored The Art of Gardening (Timber Press). Bill is Chair of Greater Philadelphia Gardens, promoting the Philadelphia region as “America’s Garden Capital.” He holds a B.S. and an M.S. in Ornamental Horticulture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is the 2017 recipient of the Scott Medal and Award (The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College). 

Chanticleer’s book, The Art of Gardening, will be for sale.

Artificial Nature: Renaissance Rome and the Birth of Garden with John Marciari 
Thursday, October 26 | 10:30 am | with book sale 
Drawing on a chapter from his book The Art of Renaissance Rome, John Marciari discusses the beginnings of modern garden design in the gardens of Rome and the surrounding countryside. Looking particularly at places such as the Villa d'Este in Tivoli, his lecture will demonstrate how the Renaissance gardens manifest the same artistic spirit seen in the work of Michelangelo, Raphael, and their contemporaries.

John Marciari is the Charles W Engelhard Curator and Head of the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York. He has published on many aspects of Renaissance and Baroque art, but he has long been fascinated with Italian gardens and has lectured widely and led several tours in Italy dedicated to the subject. Dr. Marciari received his Ph.D. from Yale University and is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome.

                                                                                                      John’s book, The Art of Renaissance Rome, will be for sale.
Glorious Shade:
Dazzling Plants, Design Ideas, and Proven Techniques for Your Shady Garden  with Jenny Rose Carey
Thursday, November 2 |10:30 am  with book sale
In this lecture, Jenny Rose Carey (Director of Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Meadowbrook Farm) will       talk about design ideas and horticultural suggestions for shade gardening. She will show verdant photos of shade
gardens that she has visited in different parts of the world, and talk about shade-specific design ideas. In the horticultural section of the talk she will give lists of native and non-native, but well-behaved shade plants, as well as invasive plants. Personally tested tips for planting and maintaining a shade garden round out this presentation which is based on her newly released book Glorious Shade.

Jenny Rose was born and brought up in England, but she now lives in Pennsylvania where she tends a 4.5 acre garden at a Victorian property called “Northview”. She is a life-long gardener, horticulturist and educator who believes in the power of gardening to change lives.

Thank you for attending the Spring Lectures of 2017

Ladew’s Spring Lecture Series features distinguished speakers who will offer insights and inspiration to garden lovers and gardeners of all ages and abilities. The presenters 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 is offered every Spring and Fall and is held in Harvey Ladew’s studio or barn gallery.


Britain in the World:
British Art at Yale from Reformation to Brexit with Matthew Hargraves, Ph.D. 
Wednesday, March 22 | 10:30 am 

Join us for a behind the scenes look at the newly reopened Yale Center for British Art. Speaker, Matthew Hargraves will present the story of art in Britain between two seismic events in the nation's history: the Protestant Reformation in the 1530s and the 2016 Brexit vote to leave the European Union. He will also reveal how curators at Yale have used over 500 objects that put British art in a global context and show how British art defined a nation that shaped the modern world. Matthew specializes in the history of British art, especially the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries and is the author a variety of publications. Matthew is the Chief Curator of Art Collections and helped oversee the complete reinstallation of the Center’s art collections.

Locally Grown Flowers:
Why Use Them, Where to Get Them and How to Design With Them with Ellen Frost 
Wednesday, March 29 | 10:30 am Sold out


Learn how the global flower industry works and why buying local is important for the environment and communities. Ellen Frost will share resources for the best places to buy local flowers in our region and will create seasonal designs using locally grown flowers and foliage. Ellen is the founder and owner of Local Color Flowers, a design studio in Baltimore, which sources all of its flowers, foliage, branches and plants from farms within 100 miles. Ellen has an MBA from Loyola University and is a Baltimore Master Gardener. She is a national leader in the Local Flowers movement and is an active member of the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers. 

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The Best of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow with David Culp
Wednesday, April 5 | 10:30 am | with book sale   Only a few spots left. Please call to register!

Join David Culp, lifelong plantsman and award winning writer and lecturer, as he shares a behind the scenes view and unique perspective of the horticulture industry. David will present an overview of perennial plants that have stood the test of time, from old classics to current trends, explain what makes a trend, and share what the next one might be. He will also discuss hits and misses based on his own trials, tribulations, and observations in his gardens. David is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Sunny Border nurseries in CT as well as the creative genius behind his own celebrated gardens at Brandywine Cottage in PA where his layered garden concept results in a four season botanical feast for the senses.  

David’s award-winning book, The Layered Garden, will be for sale.

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Why Are Gardens Important? with Ben Lenhardt
Wednesday, April 12 | 10:30 am | with book sale 

  Join Chairman of the Garden Conservancy, Ben Lenhardt, as he shares a brief history of gardens and their functions, and explains what the Garden Conservancy is currently doing to save and share outstanding American gardens. A long time avid gardener, Ben retired in 2003 as chairman and CEO of Americas-UBS Asset Management and member of the UBS AG Group Managing Board. He joined the board of directors of the Garden Conservancy in December 2004, becoming Vice-Chairman of the board in 2007 and Chairman in 2011. His focus on garden preservation combines his interests in gardening and architecture including involvement with historic Drayton Hall and preservation projects within the iconic antebellum city of Charleston.

The Garden Conservancy’s book, Outstanding American GardensA Celebration—25 Years of the Garden Conservancy, will be for sale

Vegetable Gardening in the Home Landscape with Harold Taylor  
Wednesday, April 19 |10:30 am  
  Learn about preparing a vegetable garden for spring planting and eventual summer dining. Hear about seed vs. plant options, soil, watering and timing of crops. Get ideas for bed and container design that take advantage of small spaces. Harold Taylor is the Section Gardener in the Horticulture Display division at Longwood Gardens and oversees daily operations in the Idea Garden and surrounding areas. A member of the Longwood Gardens family for more than 30 years, he is a graduate and current instructor in the Professional Gardener Program at Longwood and has extensive experience in working with vegetables, herbs, fruits and the compost demonstration site at Longwood.