Ladew’s popular Lecture Series is back for Fall… but this season it will be presented virtually. Be inspired by these renowned speakers who will offer insights and inspiration to garden lovers and gardeners of all ages and abilities. Enjoy these journeys through explorations of garden design concepts, plant selections, growing techniques, floral design, natural history, decorative arts, history, and environmental sciences.

Cost per lecture:  $15 Ladew member  |  $20 non-member   

Series Discount:  $75 member  |  $100 non-member (includes all 6 lectures; one is free)


For questions: contact Sheryl Pedrick at  or 410-557-9570, x 226
Lectures will be presented virtually through Zoom. They will be recorded and available for paid registrants.



Thursday, September 23 
4:00 pm
Styling the Home with Autumn Florals
with April Lutter, Flower Farmer and Floral designer

As shorter days and cooler nights migrate us back indoors, creating horticulturally-inspired home interiors and welcoming exteriors keeps us in tune with the joys of nature. In this program we will demonstrate ways to botanically style your home for the fall season. From the porch to the powder room, we’ll pretty up your place for the chilly season ahead with flowers, plants and all things garden.  April Lutter of Floriculture Micro Farm is a local flower farmer and floral designer. Her bouquets and designs can be purchased at The Hereford Farmer’s Market where her mobile flower boutique pops up weekly. April also offers seasonal bouquet subscriptions, private workshops at the farm studio, and commercial/residential plant styling services. For more information, visit



Thursday, September 30
4:00 pm
Making Windcliff; People, Places and Plants
with Dan Hinkley, Plant Explorer, Plantsman, and Author

Join world-renowned plant explorer, plantsman and author Dan Hinkley as he illustrates the two-decade long development of Windcliff, his home and garden overlooking Puget Sound in Washington state.  Windcliff invites not just exotic and native plants that span the seasons, but native birds, amphibians, reptiles and a broad range of pollinators. When not working in the gardens, Hinkley works as a horticultural consultant with both architects and landscape architects on a broad assortment of projects across the globe.  Devoted to introducing rare and unusual plants to gardeners of North America, this endeavor has led Hinkley into the wilds of Asia, South and Central America, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, and numerous other countries over the past 22 years.  For more information, visit




Sponsored by:  






Thursday, October 7
11:00 am This lecture time is an earlier time than the other lectures.
Growing Fruit and Vegetables in Pots
with Aaron Bertelsen, Author and Vegetable Garden Manager & Cook at Great Dixter

Whether in a window box or in a terracotta pot on a balcony, growing fruit and vegetables in containers can be easy and enjoyable.  Aaron Bertelsen of the acclaimed English garden at Great Dixter will guide you through what to grow, which pots to use, give personal tips on varieties to choose, and advice on cultivation and care. He will show that lack of space is no barrier to growing what you want to eat and proves that harvesting and cooking food you have grown yourself is a total pleasure.  Aaron is the vegetable garden manager and cook at Great Dixter, home of celebrated English gardener and writer Christopher Lloyd, whose vision established its extensive gardens as a place of pilgrimage for horticulturalists from around the world. Aaron is the author of two books inspired by his experiences: The Great Dixter Cookbook, Recipes from an English Garden and Grow Fruit and Vegetables in Pots.  For more information, visit


Sponsored by:









Thursday, October 14
4:00 pm

Pressing Botanicals — Preserving the Wonder of Ladew
with Anne Blackwell Thompson, Artist and Plantswoman, Blackwell Botanicals

Harvesting from the swamps of South Carolina, the gardens of Virginia’s countryside, the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, the mountains of the Shenandoah Valley… and the water gardens and meadows of Ladew Gardens, artist and plantswoman Anne Blackwell Thompson preserves foliage and flowers using centuries-old traditions and turns her bounty into beautiful, artistic compositions. Join Anne as she shares her journey and passion for pressing botanicals, the history of botanical art, and examples of her beautiful work. Vibrant blooms and foliage collected from the nooks and crannies of the Southern landscape are what define Blackwell Botanicals. Their meticulous preservation and artistic presentation are what elevate these found treasures into sophisticated, unique and highly stylized works of art. Her work is a culmination of her years of study, her significant training in studio art and art history, and her love of the natural world.  For more information, visit 



Thursday, October 28
4:00 pm
Friends in the Shade:
Keeping Your Hosta Company

with Jason Reeves, 
Research Horticulturist and Curator of the University of Tennessee Gardens

Shopping for plants for a shady spot previously had limited choices: hosta, hosta, or variegated hosta. Not anymore! The exuberant array of shade plants now found in the nursery industry offers four seasons of excitement. While some options flaunt flowers, other choices bring colorful evergreen or deciduous foliage to the shade garden. This talk focuses on shrubs and perennials for shady spaces that are new to the market or underutilized proven performers.  Jason Reeves is a research horticulturist and curator of the University of Tennessee Gardens located at the West Tennessee Research and Education Center in Jackson, Tennessee. He is also a landscape designer and consultant whose influence can be seen in landscapes across Tennessee in the form of distinct plant combinations and his signature garden art. For more info, visit







Thursday, November 4
4:00 pm
A New Garden Ethic
with Benjamin Vogt, Owner of Monarch Gardens and Author

In a time of mass extinction and climate change, how and for whom we garden matters more than ever. How can we recognize and develop compassion for other species? What role do native plants have in opening us to the perspective of others? Through ecology, psychology, landscape design, horticulture, philosophy, social science, and over 100 inspiring images, we'll explore the rich complexity of rethinking ‘pretty' and how to embrace gardens as places to create empowering social and cultural change. Benjamin Vogt owns Monarch Gardens, a prairie-inspired design firm in Nebraska, and is the author of A New Garden Ethic: Cultivating Defiant Compassion for an Uncertain Future, as well as the forthcoming Prairie Up: An Introduction to Natural Garden Design (2022). His writing and photography have appeared in such publications as The American GardenerFine GardeningGarden DesignHouzzMidwest Living, and a variety of books. For more information, visit





 Thank You to Fall Lecture Series Sponsor

Muffin & Sam Dell

Thank You to our Lecture Sponsors



Thank You to our Media Partner