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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, ext. 224 to register.
SPRING 2013 LECTURE SERIES
The Layered Garden with David Culp
Wednesday, March 20
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.$25 for Members, $30 for Non-members, Optional Lunch $12. 10:30am in the Ladew Studio. Call (410) 557-9570 to register.
Bringing Awesome to Your Garden with Lloyd Traven
Wednesday, March 27
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. $25 for Members, $30 for Non-members, Optional Lunch $12. 10:30am in the Ladew Studio. Call (410) 557-9570 to register.
Creating an Outdoor Room with Mark Willard
Wednesday, April 3
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. $25 for Members, $30 for Non-members, Optional Lunch $12. 10:30am in the Ladew Studio. Call (410) 557-9570 to register.
The D. Landreth Seed Company and
The Story of America's Great Seedhouses with Barbara Melera
Wednesday, April 10
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. $25 for Members, $30 for Non-members, Optional Lunch $12. 10:30am in the Ladew Studio. Call (410) 557-9570 to register.
Rosemary Verey: The Life and Lessons of a Legendary Gardener
with Barbara Paul Robinson
Wednesday, April 17 - SORRY, SOLD OUT
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. Book sale and signing of Barbara’s new biography on Rosemary Verey to follow. For more information, visit www.brushhillgardens.com. $25 for Members, $30 for Non-members, Optional Lunch $12. 10:30am in the Ladew Studio. Call (410) 557-9570 to register.
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 book sale and signing will follow. $25 for Members, $30 for Non-members, Optional Lunch $12. 10:30am in the Ladew Studio.
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. $25 for Members, $30 for Non-members, Optional Lunch $12. 10:30am in the Ladew Studio.
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. A book sale and signing will follow. $25 for Members, $30 for Non-members, Optional Lunch $12. 10:30am in the Ladew Studio.
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. A book sale and signing will follow. $25 for Members, $30 for Non-members, Optional Lunch $12. 10:30am in the Ladew Studio.
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. All arrangements will be raffled for free to attendees! $25 for Members, $30 for Non-members, Optional Lunch $12. 10:30am in the Ladew Studio. Please call Ladew (410) 557-9570 to make your reservations.