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Fall Lecture Series : 2014



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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. Sign up for all Five lectures and receive one free! Ladew Members $100, and $120 for non-members. 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.

Or register on-line 

 

 

 

 

The Well Designed Photograph with Rob Cardillo - Thursday, October 2

 

 Great garden photographs aren't just out there waiting. They must first be uncovered and translated through the eyes, heart, lens and screen of the photographer. Find out how professional garden photographer Rob Cardillo uses simple design principles to add depth and personality to his prize winning images.  Whether you shoot with an iphone or a DSLR, you'll learn new ways to craft compelling images of your own. Rob Cardillo has been photographing gardens, plants and the people that tend them for over twenty years. His award-winning work appears regularly in books, magazines, advertisements and websites. His most recent book, Private Edens, with Jack Staub, showcases more than twenty sumptuous mid-Atlantic private country gardens. Previous books include Chanticleer - a Pleasure Garden (by Adrian Higgins) and The Layered Garden (by David Culp with Adam Levine). When not traveling, Rob loves to tinker in his own Pennsylvania backyard where he raises heirloom vegetables, native plants and flowering alliums.  You can find out more at www.robcardillo.com.

 

 

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  Trees in Western Art with Leopoldine Prosperetti  - Thursday, October 9

 

Explore how sylvan imagery evolved as a specialized artistic skill in Western Art. Considering the infinite forms in nature, how does the painter shape a tree when tasked with representing trees in a picture? Albrecht Dürer and Titian led the way. Rubens and the Dutch followed suit. Painters of the 19th century romanticized their trees or turned them into ego-documents of a suffering soul like Vincent van Gogh. In 1912 Piet Mondrian took the final step and a flowering apple tree became a work of abstract art. Born in Padang, Indonesia, Leopoldine Prosperetti received her primary and secondary education in The Netherlands. She obtained a BA in Art History from The University of Utrecht. For 23 years, she worked at The Walters Art Gallery as the Head Museum Registrar before obtaining her PhD in Art History at Johns Hopkins University. Prosperetti has published a book entitled Landscape and Philosophy in the Art of Jan Brueghel and has published a number of scholarly articles. At present she is an independent scholar with adjunct positions at Goucher College and Towson University. Her current book project is entitled Trees in Art.

 

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Private Gardens of the Hudson Valley with Jane Garmey - Thursday, October 16

 

  Jane Garmey will highlight several gardens in her new book Private Gardens of the Hudson Valley -- evocative and beautiful, grand and modest, carefully tended and much loved by their owners. As an Englishwoman coming to America, she has made her own voyage of gardening self-discovery through encountering the perils, pitfalls, challenges, and pleasures of gardening in this part of the world. Jane Garmey is a noted garden writer, author of Private Gardens of the Hudson Valley, Private Gardens of Connecticut, The Writer in the Garden, and Great British Cooking: A Well-Kept Secret. She is a contributor to the New York Times and Elle Décor, has written for The Wall Street Journal, and is the former garden columnist for Town & Country.

 

 

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 A Dance to the Music of Time, The Evolution of A Garden with Chuck Newhall - Thursday, October 23

 
The 35 year journey of creating the world-class property, Brightside Gardens in Caves Valley, Owings Mills has been a labor of love for Chuck Newhall and his family.  Join Chuck as he describes the creation of the gardens’ 54 “rooms” that feature the arts, literature, mythology, garden follies, breathtaking vistas and more.  Chuck Newhall is a venture capitalist who has founded some of the most successful venture capital firms in the U.S. He has served on the board of numerous charitable foundations including the Greater Baltimore Committee and the Baltimore Museum of Art.  He and his wife Amy are serious collectors of furniture, paintings, garden sculpture, silver and antiquities.  

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Elegant Holiday Arrangements with Jake Boone - Thursday, October 30

 

Join floral designer Jake Boone as he demonstrates his “more is more” approach to holiday decorating .  Jake will create several centerpieces and arrangements from fresh greens, beautiful flowers, and shimmering ornaments.  Arrangements will be for sale following the program.  For the past 37 years, Jake Boone has been a real estate agent with Hill & Company Realtors.  He is also a freelance floral designer with over 20 years experience, specializing in high-end events, weddings, movies and television episodes.

 

 

 

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PAST LECTURES FROM OUR SPRING & FALL SERIES

 

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Jens Jensen and "Skylands": His Maine Masterpiece with Patrick Chasse

Danish-American landscape architect, Jens Jensen, immigrated to the mid-west over 100 years ago. He celebrated the area's indigenous scenery by creating the prairie style of landscape architecture and leading a movement to conserve natural areas. In 1926, he designed a landscape in Maine for "Skylands," Edsel Ford's new summer home there, using the Maine natural context for his design and plant palette. This property was purchased by Martha Stewart in 1997, who set about restoring it. This lecture highlights Jensen's original design process and the challenges and compromises of bringing "Skylands" back to its natural glory. Patrick Chasse is an educator, landscape architect, ecologist, writer, and landscape historian. He maintains an active design practice, specializing in historic landscapes, reconstruction of natural plant communities, and design of new gardens; from Mt. Desert Island, Maine, to Istanbul. The New England Wildflower Society inaugurated its first Landscape Design Award in 2005, awarding it to Patrick for a body of 25 years of work utilizing native plants in exceptional or distinctive landscape compositions. In 2011, he was honored for lifetime achievement with honorary memberships in the Garden Club of America and the National Garden Clubs.

 



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40 Trees and Shrubs You Should Know by Heart with Heidi Hesselein

Heidi Hesselein, co-owner of Pleasant Run Nursery, will highlight her favorite woody plants for versatility and beauty. Her focus is on plants which have multi-seasonal interest, proven longevity in the landscape, and the toughness of a workhorse. The majority of the plants have been trialed in the extensive display gardens at Pleasant Run Nursery. Heidi is a certified nursery and landscape professional in New Jersey. She joined Princeton Nurseries as a fourth-generation nurseryman, where she received extensive experience growing and selling a wide range of woody plants. She left Princeton Nurseries to start Pleasant Run Nursery in 1998, with her husband, Richard. The nursery produces garden-worthy woodies and perennials for the wholesale trade. Visit www.pleasantrunnursery.com.

 



The Gardens at Eyre Hall:  A Garden of the Past, Present and Future with Laurie Klingel

Laurie Klingel, head gardener at the historic gardens of Eyre Hall on Virginia's Eastern Shore, will guide us on a tour using superb garden photography, horticultural insight, and historical anecdotes. Whether you've been to Eyre Hall 10 times, or have never been before, you'll enjoy this photographic tour of Eyre Hall's contemporary mixed borders, original outbuildings, and boxwood parterres. Her talk will cover topics ranging from the recent preservation of the 19th-century Orangery, to the finest tulips of 2014. Laurie has been gardening at Eyre Hall for eight years, overseeing the installation of thousands of spring bulbs and perennials, as well as tending the extensive boxwood plantings. Her passion for history and horticulture make her work at Eyre Hall a tribute to past, present, and future generations. She owns and operates Appleseed Nurseries, Inc., a retail nursery in Eastville, VA, with her husband, Jeff, who is a landscape designer. Visit www.appleseednurseries.com.



photo of Kirby HouseEnglish Gardens with Katherine Astor

Join Katherine Astor as she shares some history of the Astor family and the 26-year restoration of her residence, Kirby House and Estate, in Berkshire, England. She will discuss the history of English Gardens and how they have evolved over the years, as well as share some of her favorite gardens, including Highgrove, Througham Court, Farleigh House, and Eastleach House. Katherine Astor worked for the Duke of Edinburgh for six years. Her interest in gardening grew after she married Richard Astor and moved into Kirby House, with a 10-acre garden that had gone to rack and ruin. She studied garden design at Reading University and did a practical horticulture course at the English Gardening School. She has been arranging garden tours based at Kirby House for the past 20 years and has been coming over to America to talk about English Gardens for 10 years. In 2013, she was made an Honorary Member of the Garden Club of America.

 



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Four Seasons of Containers with Rita Randolph

Join Rita Randolph and see how all kinds of plants are combined into what many people call "eye candy," from small tabletop centerpieces to large commercial installations. Rita is a true artist and containers are her canvas, often spilling with unusual and colorful plant material. With an emphasis on Foliage FIRST, Rita will demonstrate why it's so important to combine textures and colorful foliage first; then add flowers, which are a bonus! Rita Randolph is a life-long horticulturist, photographer, and published author. She wrote Fine Gardening's "Container Gardening" Special Issue in 2009, which sold out, and has published her own book, A History of Horticulture. Her presentations are enjoyed across the country, as she enthusiastically shares her knowledge and creative arrangements. She has spoken at botanical gardens, horticultural societies, and conferences for many years, including The Philadelphia Flower Show. She was recently presented The Sterling Award as one of the top 20 influential women in west Tennessee for her educational works. Visit www.randolphsgreenhouses.com.

 


 

photo of monarch butterflyAll Aflutter:  The Life and Times of a Butterfly with Arabella Dane

Everyone loves butterflies in their gardens, but how do you attract the greatest variety of species? Join Arabella Dane as she shares her passion for butterflies and butterfly gardening. She will discuss how to attract, entertain, and enjoy these beautiful creatures in each stage - egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, and butterfly. She will elaborate on habitat needs; including caterpillar host plants and nectar sources, as well as conservation and the amazing life journey and migration of Monarch butterflies. Arabella Dane is an award-winning floral designer, educator, conservationist, and butterfly expert. Among many undertakings, she is a Garden Club of America Flower Arranging, Horticulture and Photography Judge and a National Garden Clubs, Inc. Landscape Consultant and Master Flower Show Judge. She is past president of the World Association of Flower Arrangers Inc. (USA 2008-2011) and the founder of the GCA Flower Arranging Study Group.

 


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Majesty and My Lady's Manor with J. Scott Watkins

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.  

 
 
 
 

  
picture of the book Stone in the Garden by Gordon HaywardThe Uses of Stone in the Garden with Gordon Hayward
 
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.
 
   

 
 
picture of Christie HamiltonRazzle Dazzle 'Em: Flower Arranging Demonstration with Christie Hamilton
 
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.    
 
 

 
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David Garrick's Garden: Inside 18th-Century London with Matthew Hargraves

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.  


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Private Edens:  Lessons in Creating Your Own Garden Paradise with Jack Staub
 
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  

 

 
 The Layered Garden with David CulpPicture of David Culp Spring Lecture book

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.    

 

  
 
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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. 
 
  
 

 
 
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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

 

 
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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.   

 

 
 
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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
 
 

 


 

 A Garden Writer’s Journey with Paula DeitzPicture of Paula Deitz book

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. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

  
 

Picture of Pigtown Design logoA 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. 

 

 
 

 
 

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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. 

 

 
 
  
 

 

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 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. 

 

 
 
 

 
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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.