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Held in Harvey Ladew’s Studio, lectures are $25 for members, and $30 for non-members. Lunch, $12 is optional and by reservation. Reservations should be made in advance and accompanied by payment. Seating is limited. Coffee is served at 10 am. Lectures begin at 10:30 am promptly. Registrants’ names are checked at the door on the day of the program (tickets are not mailed). Please call (410) 557-9570 to register.
Fall 2013 LECTURE SERIES
Majesty and My Lady's Manor with J. Scott Watkins
Thursday, September 26
Join us, as the Manor celebrates its 300th year, for a look into the area’s connections to Britain's aristocracy and royal family. From Charles I to Wallis Simpson, The Duchess of Windsor, J. Scott Watkins will explore the impact several monarchs and members of the Calvert family made in creating My Lady's Manor and its mystique. A Baltimore County native and devotee of Maryland history and its founding families, Watkins has served as an archivist and consultant to Channel Four and Royal Biographer, historian Hugo Vickers. A member of SAG and AFTRA, Watkins wrote and performed A Conversation with His Lordship, C. Baltimore for The Manor Conservancy and serves on the steering committee for The 300th Anniversary of My Lady's Manor. He is also Chairman of The Speakers Committee for The Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Maryland. Visit www.themanorconservancy.org. $25 for Members, $30 for Non-members, Optional Lunch $12. 10:30am in the Ladew Studio.Call (410) 557-9570 to register.
The Uses of Stone in the Garden with Gordon Hayward
Thursday, October 3
Stone furnishes the framework, the structure, and the sense of permanence that transforms gardens. Whether in the form of retaining or free-standing walls, terraces or walkways, as bold, standing stones or as boulders at the edge of a small stream, stone lends a garden focus, providing the perfect foil to plants. In this slide-illustrated lecture that grows out of his book, Stone in the Garden
, garden designer Gordon Hayward will talk about the many creative as well as practical roles stone can play to give a garden a feeling of timelessness, structure and solidity. Hayward is a nationally-recognized garden designer, writer and lecturer based in southern Vermont. He wrote for Horticulture Magazine for 25 years and lectured with the magazine on nine multi-city lecture tours across America. He was a contributing editor at Fine Gardening Magazine for six years and a contributing editor at the newly-revamped Organic Gardening Magazine. He is the author of 11 books on garden design and provides private garden consultation to clients, including many in the Mid-Atlantic region. Book sale and signing to follow. Visit www.haywardgardens.com. $25 for Members, $30 for Non-members, Optional Lunch $12. 10:30am in the Ladew Studio. Call (410) 557-9570 to register.
Razzle Dazzle 'Em: Flower Arranging Demonstration with Christie Hamilton
Thursday, October 10
Learn to add a little more pizzazz to your floral arrangements for home entertaining or personal pleasure. Join Christie Hamilton as she deomonstrates a mixture of traditional and contemporary floral-design technniques and displays images of masterpieces from past special events. Hamilton is well known for the work she did through her own floral-design company in Connecticut, which provided arrangements for events in the most beautiful New York City venues, including the main ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria, the beautiful Gold Room at The Plaza, and the Windows on the World. Hamilton currently enjoys a less frantic life of gardening on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, participating in the Talbot County Garden Club and selling wool from her prize-winning ewe flock and eggs from her Heritage Breed chickens. $25 for Members, $30 for Non-members, Optional Lunch $12. 10:30am in the Ladew Studio. Call (410) 557-9570 to register.
David Garrick's Garden: Inside 18th-Century London with Matthew Hargraves
Thursday, October 17
Matthew Hargraves, curator of British art at the Yale Center for British Art, will discuss gardening, art, and the stage in London during the 18th century. His inspiration, a painting by Zoffany of actor David Garrick in his garden, was acquired by Harvey Ladew and hung in the manor house Drawing Room. Hargraves will discuss the passion for British art in 20th-century America, David Garrick and his impact on British painting, and even explore a bit of the garden history of Twickenham. Hargraves is Curator for Collections Research and Head of Collections Information and Access at the Yale Center for British Art, where he has worked since 2005. A specialist in British art of the 18th century, he received his Ph.D. from the Courtauld Institute at the University of London in 2003 and has since published broadly on the art of the period, including a major study of Britain's first public exhibitions in the 18th century. Visit www.britishart.yale.edu. $25 for Members, $30 for Non-members, Optional Lunch $12. 10:30am in the Ladew Studio. Call (410) 557-9570 to register.
Private Edens: Lessons in Creating Your Own Garden Paradise with Jack Staub
Thursday, October 24 SORRY, SOLD OUT
After two years of traveling the East Coast, photographing exceptional country gardens and interviewing their owners, author, playwright, gardener and lecturer Jack Staub shares the primary principles of surrounding yourself with an earthly paradise. Showcasing 21 inspirational gardens, with the aid of Rob Cardillo's stunning photographs, Staub demonstrates how the love owners have for their land and their pride in its horticultural trnasformation, can turn a house on a plot of land into a "home": a place of soul-enhancing respite, consolation and reconnection. Staub is the author of the celebrated "75" series of edible gardening books, which includes 75 Exciting Vegetables for Your Garden, 75 Remarkable Fruits for Your Garden, and 75 Exceptional Herbs for Your Garden. With his partner, the renowned landscape designer Renny Reynolds, he is the owner of historic Hortulus Farm in Wrightstown, PA. A book sale and signing will follow. Visit www.hortulusfarm.com. $25 for Members, $30 for Non-members, Optional Lunch $12. 10:30am in the Ladew Studio. Call (410) 557-9570 to register.
SPRING 2013 LECTURE SERIES
The Layered Garden with David Culp
Join David Culp as he shares his beloved Brandywine Cottage and two-acre Pennsylvania garden where he mastered the design technique of layering—interplanting many different species in the same area so that as one plant passes its peak, another takes over. The result is a nonstop parade of color that begins with a tapestry of heirloom daffodils and hellebores in spring and ends with a jewel-like blend of Asian wildflowers at the onset of winter. David Culp is a former contributing editor to Horticulture magazine, served as chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Hardy Plant Society and is Vice President for Sunny Border Nurseries in Connecticut. His articles have appeared in Martha Stewart Living, Country Living, Fine Gardening and Green Scene. His garden has been featured several times in Martha Stewart Living and on HGTV. Brandywine Cottage is listed in the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Gardens. Book sale and signing of David’s new book, The Layered Garden, to follow. For more information, visit www.davidlculp.com.
Bringing Awesome to Your Garden with Lloyd Traven
In a time when it seems every place has exactly the same plant selections, we all need fresh ideas, new choices, different methods and a whole new design concept. Water-friendly, edibles, foliage, container combinations—the rules have changed and a new world awaits. Come along with Lloyd as he shows some of the best new ideas you can take home and use this spring! Lloyd Traven and his wife Candy own Peace Tree Farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, a respected operation among international horticulturists. Lloyd is an advocate for small growers, with a passion for growing quality plants matched only by his commitment to using advanced technology combined with sustainable and organic growing techniques. For more information, please visit www.peacetreefarm.com.
Creating an Outdoor Room with Mark Willard
Just like a room in your house, think of your garden, outdoor terrace or rooftop deck as a "room". Unlike the controlled environment of interior rooms, an outdoor room includes many other living things and the opportunity to experience weather and seasonal changes. A well-planned outdoor room can enrich your living environment comfortably and conveniently. Mark Willard has over 25 years experience in planning, urban design and landscape architecture. Mark has worked on several award-winning projects both locally and internationally. In 1999, he started his own firm and has built a reputation for high quality design service and client satisfaction. For more information, visit www.mwa-us.com.
The D. Landreth Seed Company and
The Story of America's Great Seedhouses with Barbara Melera
Did you know that in 1798 the first zinnia seeds were sold in America; that the spinach you eat today was developed in 1826; and that the information contained in seed catalogs taught generations of Americans how to farm and live off the land? Come trace the history of the seed trade in America from 1784, when the first seedhouse establishment was opened, through the 20th century. Learn about the founding of Breck, Buist, Ferry Morse, Burpee, Park, Henderson, C. H. Lippincott and Bodger, as well as Landreth. Barbara Melera is president and CEO of The D. Landreth Seed Company, located in New Freedom, PA. Landreth is the oldest seedhouse in America, established in 1784, and the fourth oldest U.S. corporation. Today, Landreth is recognized as one of the leading providers of heirloom vegetable, flower and herb seed. For more information, visit www.landrethseeds.com.
Rosemary Verey: The Life and Lessons of a Legendary Gardener
with Barbara Paul Robinson
Rosemary Verey was the last of the great English garden legends. Although she embraced gardening late in life, she quickly achieved international renown. Verey was the acknowledged apostle of the "English style," on display at her home at Barnsley House, the "must have" adviser to the rich and famous, including Prince Charles and Elton John, and a beloved and wildly popular lecturer in America. During a sabbatical from the leading international law firm, Debevoise & Plimpton where she was the first woman partner, Barbara Paul Robinson worked as a gardener for Rosemary Verey at Barnsley House. A hands-in-the-dirt gardener herself, she and her husband have created their own gardens at Brush Hill in northwestern Connecticut, featured in articles, books and television. Barbara has published articles in the New York Times, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Hortus; she has also written a chapter in Rosemary Verey’s The Secret Garden.
FALL 2012 LECTURE SERIES
A Garden Writer’s Journey with Paula Deitz
Paula Deitz has delighted readers for more than thirty years, mostly in the New York Times, with her vivid descriptions of both famous and hidden landscapes. As in her new book, Of Gardens: Selected Essays, she will share the experiences of her extensive travels, not only of the artful beauty of individual gardens but also of the intellectual and historical threads that weave them into patterns of civilization, from the modest garden for family subsistence to major urban developments.
A Quest for Inspiring Design with Meg Fairfax Fielding
Join Meg Fairfax Fielding, a Baltimore-based writer, photographer and fund-raiser, who explores design, architecture, culture, and current events in Baltimore and around the world through her blog Pigtown Design. Meg, who follows the credo “The difference between an ordinary life and an extraordinary life is finding extraordinary things in an ordinary life”, will take you on a journey through her travels locally and abroad and her constant quest for inspiring design. Visit pigtown-design.blogspot.com.
Private Gardens of Connecticut with Jane Garmey
Join Jane Garmey, noted garden writer and New York Times contributor, for a rare glimpse of some of the most beautiful private gardens of Connecticut—some exceedingly grand, others quite modest, all carefully tended, and sumptuously photographed by distinguished garden photographer, John Hall. Ms. Garmey’s lecture will tell the story of the creation of these gardens and discuss how she, as an Englishwoman, has absorbed all the perils and delights of gardening in the northern climes of Connecticut.
Gertrude Jekyll and the Country House Garden with Judith B. Tankard
One of the most important garden designers of the 20th century, Gertrude Jekyll was a prolific writer and hugely influential horticulturist. She was renowned for her theories on color, planting and design. This illustrated lecture will explore some of Jekyll’s legendary gardens, including those she did in collaboration with Sir Edwin Lutyens, in addition to her own home, Munstead Wood. Judith Tankard is a landscape historian, author and preservation consultant. She taught at the Landscape Institute at Harvard for over 20 years.
Celebrating the Holidays, Thanksgiving into Christmas
with Alison Webb, AIFD, of Rutland Beard Florist
Join us for a unique floral arranging demonstration using seasonal materials particularly suited to Thanksgiving, but not necessarily traditional autumn colors, that can be later transformed into Christmas designs. Observe centerpiece ideas, mantle designs and other creations that are easy for the home designer. Alison Webb has worked in the floral industry for 40 years, starting as an absolute novice with great interest! Currently, Alison is design room manager at Rutland Beard Florist of Ruxton where, in addition to design work, she also works with brides in designing their wedding flowers.