Thursday, September 22
with Sam Robinson, Ladew Gardens 2022 artist-in-residence
Sam Robinson sees many exciting parallels between his life and that of Harvey
Ladew — a love of gardening, horses, fox hunting, travel, the arts, and socializing.
Sam is an acclaimed painter of scenes of timber racing, fox chasing, and local
landscapes. Ladew’s beautiful gardens, scenes from his travels, luscious interiors,
dynamic gatherings are also favorite motifs. Working in gouache and oils paint,
Sam’s style is characterized by a fluent painterly realism.
Sam was born in New York City and moved with his parents to South Korea where
he spent his school years. Showing an early interest in art, his first formal
instruction was in the Korean version of painting with ink on paper, an excellent
start in brush handling. Since graduating from the Maryland Institute College of
Art with a degree in painting, he has made his living as a professional artist and as
the owner and founder of The Valley Craftsmen, Ltd., a decorative finish
Thursday, September 29
12:00 noon, VIRTUAL only
Delos: The Forgotten Mediterranean Garden at Sissinghurst Castle
with Troy Smith, Sissinghurst Head Gardener
Poet and writer, Vita Sackville-West and diplomat husband, Harold Nicolson purchased
Sissinghurst Castle in the 1930s and spent 30 years turning it into a refuge dedicated
to their vision of natural beauty and a model of a quintessential romantic 20th century
English country garden. An area within the garden known as ‘Delos’ was inspired by
the couple’s visit to the Greek isle. Join Troy Smith as he shares an overview of
Sissinghurst, including details of the Mediterranean beauty of the Delos garden.
Troy’s first encounter with Sissinghurst was more than 30 years ago when he worked at
the property as a gardener. After working for the National Trust at Bodnant Garden in
North Wales, where he led its restoration over seven years, he returned to Sissinghurst
as Head Gardener in April 2013.
Thursday, October 6
Managing Deer and Other Mammals in the Garden
Kath Jentz, gardener, editor & publisher
Bambi may be cute, but he and his mother, cousins, and the rest of the herd are very
hungry and would love to make a feast of your garden. This talk will cover proven and
humane tactics for protecting your garden from deer, rabbits, squirrels, rats,
groundhogs, and other creatures that are attracted to both edible and ornamental
Kathy Jentz, publisher of Washington Gardener Magazine and host of the GardenDC
Podcast, shares her tips and tricks for gardening alongside hungry critters.
Thursday, October 13
Topiary Tips: The Gibson Method
with Mike Gibson, topiary artist
Dive into the world of topiary and learn from topiary master Mike Gibson who will
teach you about the art of topiary, his unique style and technique, and how to create a
topiary from an existing shrub. Self-taught topiary artist Mike Gibson creates
imaginative whimsical sculptures out of ordinary bushes that help beautify any space.
He has been a featured contestant on HGTV's reality tv show “Clipped,” and most
recently was the Topiary artist-in-residence at the famed Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden in
Bishopville, SC. Mike is currently the artist-in-residence at the Ernest A. Finney, Jr.
Cultural Arts Center in Columbia, SC.
Thursday, October 27
Floral arranging demo
Details coming soon
THANK YOU TO OUR LECTURE SERIES PARTNER
Muffin & Sam Dell
THANK YOU TO OUR LECTURE SERIES MEDIA PARTNER