Events by Interest
Art Exhibits in the Barn Gallery
Spring Lecture Series 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Garden Conservancy’s book, Outstanding American Gardens: A Celebration—25 Years of the Garden Conservancy, will be for sale
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.