YOU’RE INVITED TO LADEW'S Spring Lecture Series
a combination of in person and virtual presentations

Ladew’s Spring Lecture Series features distinguished speakers offering insights and inspiration to garden lovers and gardeners of all ages and abilities. The presenters will take you on a journey through their explorations of garden design concepts, plant selections, growing techniques, floral design, natural history, decorative arts, history, and environmental sciences, while offering rare glimpses into some of the world’s most beautiful private gardens.


Cost per lecture:
In-person: $30 Ladew member | $40 non-member (includes refreshments) 
Virtual: $15 Ladew member | $20 non-member

Series Discount:
Sign up for all five Spring lectures and enjoy one free!
In-person: $120 Ladew member | $160 non-member (includes refreshments)
Virtual: $60 Ladew member | $80 non-member
In-person series registration has sold out.
(Virtual is still available)

Lectures will be presented in-person and / or virtually through Zoom. Zoom links will be emailed within 24 hours prior to each presentation.
Virtual lectures will be recorded and available for all paid registrants.
For questions: contact Caroline Graf 410-557-9570 x261




Thursday, March 16
Sorry, In-person is sold out.
10:30 am, In-person and virtual (refreshments begin at 10 am for in-person attendees)
Captivating Container Combinations
with Nancy Lowry Moitrier, Head Designer at Designs for Greener Gardens

In this photographic presentation, Nancy Lowry Moitrier will share secrets of how to compose sophisticated spring and summer plant combinations and even striking winter-hardy plant combinations. Nancy will successfully guide you through container selection, staging and design. Tips and techniques for how to successfully plant and care for your container creations will conclude the presentation.

Nancy is the owner, with her husband Pierre, of Designs for Greener Gardens, a fine gardening company specializing in the design, creation, development, and maintenance of distinctive gardens.




Thursday, March 23 
10:30 am, IN-person and virtual
Water in the Garden; Modest to Marvelous  
With Kelly Billing 

From the simplest features for small spaces to grand and colorful natural spaces.  In this presentation, Kelly Billing will prove there is a spot of water certain to charm every gardener.  Creating an ecosystem and maintain water quality is easier than ever.  Kelly Billing is a lotus and waterlily grower, water garden consultant, designer, author, speaker and artist passionately involved in changing the way water becomes a garden.


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Thursday, March 30
10:30 am, In-person and virtual (refreshments begin at 10 am for in-person attendees)
Birds of Ladew: ID Clues and Natural History of Common Species
with John Canoles, Principal Ecologist, Eco-Science Professionals

The grounds at Ladew provide diverse habitat that hosts many different species of birds throughout the year.  Ecologist John Canoles will provide information to help identify common species and will share interesting information about their life histories, seasonal presence, and his experiences leading bird hikes at Ladew.  Beautiful photographs will give you an up close and personal appreciation for some of the many species that call Ladew home. 

John is a principal partner with Eco-Science Professional, Inc, and is currently on the Nature Center Council Board at Cromwell Valley Park and the Board of Trustees for Ladew Topiary Gardens.



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Thursday, April 6
10:30 am, In-person and virtual (refreshments begin at 10 am for in-person attendees)
Small Space Garden Design
with Kathy Jentz & Teri Speight, garden writers

Teri Speight and Kathy Jentz will illustrate basic design principles for finding space to garden and maximizing your garden space.  Kathy will address common small-space challenges such as creating privacy and adding light to shady areas.  She’ll offer low-or-no-budget solutions as well.  Teri will address working in space for wildlife gardening, cutting gardens, and a place for you to rest and relax.  Drawing from their recently published book, The Urban Garden: 101 Ways to Grow Food and Beauty in the City, Kathy and Teri include all the ways small spaces can count, including container gardening.

Kathy is editor and publisher of Washington Gardener Magazine, and the host of the popular GardenDC Podcast.  Teri is the former Head Gardener for the City of Fredericksburg, and currently a garden writer while also managing “Cottage in the Court,” her personal garden.

Kathy Jentz 
Teri Speight
The Urban Garden--






Thursday, April 13
10:30 am, In-person and virtual (refreshments begin at 10 am for in-person attendees)
Native Groundcovers: Living Mulch
with Duncan Himmelman, Horticulturist

Although mulch is a commonly used ground cover, a beautiful tapestry of foliage and flowers is more visually dynamic and ecologically valuable. Duncan Himmelman will present a selection of tough, versatile native plants to use as ground covers in a variety of growing conditions. Gardeners of all levels will benefit from this addition to their gardening expertise. 


Duncan is the former Education Manager at Mt. Cuba Center and is committed to promoting the ecological benefits of using native plants in our gardens. 

Online interview with Duncan Himmelman





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