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Spring Lecture Series : 2015
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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. Coming in January 2015
Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities to Evoke Nature with Thomas Rainer Wednesday, March 18
Regenerative Organic Agriculture with Coach Mark Smallwood
Wednesday, March 25
With the explosion of support for USDA certified organic products, many understand the concept of organic to represent an absence of toxic chemicals. This is partially true, however, the organic approach is one where the farmer works with nature, not against it. Coach Smallwood explores Regenerative Organic Agriculture — a specific application of organic principles with the goal of building healthy soil over time, which provides a number of benefits including healthier food, healthier people and a healthier environment. For more info, visit www.rodaleinstitute.org.
The Bartlett Book of Garden Elements with Rose Love Bartlett
Wednesday, April 1
Whether as grand as an allee, humble as a boot scrape, practical as a drain, whimsical as a birdhouse, essential as a staircase, or ornamental as a sculpture, garden elements can inspire. Join Rose Love Bartlett as she takes you on a pictorial journey through highlights of the book, The Bartlett Book of Garden Elements, which covers 24 countries. She will discuss the origins and roots of garden design features while providing practical suggestions for the use and maintenance of these elements in the contemporary garden. For more info, visit www.rosesgardenshop.com.
More Than Just a Mere Brown Room: the Legacy of Baltimore’s Billy Baldwin with Jim Abbott Wednesday, April 8
In this illustrated lecture, Evergreen Museum & Library's James Abbott will celebrate the lasting contributions of Baltimore's own, internationally recognized tastemaker Billy Baldwin (1903-1983). Mr. Abbott will identify surviving Baltimore interiors by Baldwin, while enhancing understanding of the 'Monument City's contributions to his iconic design vocabulary.
Plant Success with Ian Cooke
Wednesday, April 15
This fast paced presentation will open the door to new and exciting areas of ornamental horticulture. Plants succeed and fail due to a number of conditions and circumstances. In this presentation we will not only identify these key criteria but understand how they work and how they interact with each other. For more info, visit www.planted.co.
Special Evening Lecture!!! Sponsored by The Mill of Bel Air
Thursday, June 4
More information coming in January
Lecture, including light fare & drinks, sale of plants and bird feeding supplies, door prizes
5:00 – 6:00 stroll the gardens
6:00 – 7:00 light fare and drinks are served
PAST LECTURES FROM OUR SPRING & FALL SERIES
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. www.robcardillo.com.
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.
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.
A Dance to the Music of Time, The Evolution of A Garden with Chuck Newhall - Thursday, October 23
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. ____________________________________________________________________________
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.
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. 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. www.appleseednurseries.com.
English 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.
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! www.randolphsgreenhouses.com.
All 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.
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. ww.themanorconservancy.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.