Lectures

Throughout the year, NYBG Adult Education offers lectures in which outstanding landscape architects and designers present their signature works and insights, and internationally recognized speakers address topics of global interest related to the study, preservation, and appreciation of the plant kingdom.


December

Biodiversity encompasses the rich variety of all life on Earth-the building blocks that provide invaluable sources of food, medicine, clothing, building materials, and more.

In his new book, The Hidden Universe: Adventures in Biodiversity, Alexandre Antonelli, Director of Science of the more...
232BOT813 12/13 Tu 10:00am-11:00am Antonelli
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A tireless advocate for the use of native plants, horticulturist Uli Lorimer shares the ins and outs of how to select, grow, and propagate a wide variety of plants native to New England, 235 of which can be found in more...
232LAN265C 12/13 Tu 1:00pm-2:00pm Lorimer
NYBG

January

Maine-based landscape architect David Maynes creates spaces that encourage people to actively engage with the ecological processes that unfold around them. For him, a client's perception of the landscape is just as important as a plant palette; a landscape's edges more...
233LAN265DO 01/17 Tu 1:00pm-2:00pm Maynes
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Three extraordinary speakers explore how immersive, responsive garden design can change how people interact with nature and foster a sense of individual responsibility to protect our shared natural world.
233GAR801A 01/26 Th 11:00am-12:00pm BLENDED

How can we elevate design to save the planet? In this lushly illustrated talk, award-winning landscape architect Kona Gray, FASLA, PLA, discusses how his projects answer this question. He will share how his landscapes center ecological sensitivity and cultural inclusivity, more...
233GAR801B 01/26 Th 11:00am-12:00pm Gray
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February

"As a community, we have the power to choose the food on our table."

Valerie Segrest is dedicated to making sure tribal communities throughout North America can access traditional foods. In this inspiring talk, she discusses the many food sovereignty more...
233BOT809O 02/09 Th 6:00pm-7:00pm Segrest
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From "mushroom leather" fashion to best-selling books on how mycelial networks create webs of interconnectivity between species, fungi continue to capture the contemporary imagination. Join us to view stunning artwork created by botanical artists Christiane Fashek, Lucy Martin, and Margaret more...
233BIL807O 02/16 Th 6:00pm-7:00pm Fashek
Martin
Saylor
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Chanticleer Garden, a gracefully designed series of thoughtfully planted rooms, is also known for the whimsical artwork crafted by its staff in the off-season. Their original metal sculptures, ceramic containers, wooden furniture, carved stone elements, and creative plant supports are more...
233LAN265E 02/21 Tu 1:00pm-2:00pm Benarcik
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Susana Rojas Saviñón and Hortense Blanchard share what makes their Mexico City practice unique, including their use of aromatic, edible, medicinal, and native Mexican plants, some of which they propagate from wild seeds they collect. The pair will discuss their more...
233GAR801CO 02/23 Th 11:00am-12:00pm Rojas Savinon
Blanchard
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March

Water is a crucial design factor in Christopher LaGuardia's elegant landscapes-both its serene beauty and its surging power. Dotted with wetlands and encircled by waterfront, the Hamptons are impacted by reduced water quality, erosion, and colonies of invasive species. LaGuardia more...
233LAN265F 03/21 Tu 1:00pm-2:00pm LaGuardia
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Noting the number of urban dwellers who want more plants in their lives but don't have green thumbs yet,plant consultant and former elementary educator Maryah Greene stepped up to provide support so these new plant parents can create functional, long-term more...
233GAR822O 03/23 Th 6:30pm-7:30pm Greene
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Dubbed "pioneering design talents of their generation" by the Royal Horticultural Society, Charlotte Harris and Hugo Bugg believe both the landscapes they design and the business they run must be respectful, inclusive, and ethically responsible. The duo will highlight their more...
233GAR801DO 03/30 Th 11:00am-12:00pm Harris
Bugg
ONLINE