Lecture Series

All lectures start at 7:30 p.m.

Vollmer Center Auditorium
Cylburn Arboretum
4915 Greenspring Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21209
Click here for directions

For more information, call: 410-821-5561
or email programs@mdhorticulture.org

Come early to check out our plant raffle and stay for light refreshments after the lecture.

Members are required to be current with their dues for free admission to lectures. Members may bring one guest free of charge.  Admission for non-members is $10 at the door.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Tony Dove
Essential Native Trees and Shrubs for Beautiful and Beneficial Landscapes

Appreciation for native plants and sustainable landscapes has increased as natural lands become more fragmented. Some plant communities face extinction. Native plants are the keystone for beneficial insects, birds, and mammals. Join Tony Dove, horticulturist and co-author of Essential Native Trees and Shrubs for the Eastern United States, as he discusses how properly selected, cultivated and sited native trees and shrubs guarantee long-term aesthetic and environmental rewards, with less maintenance and expense.

Dove is an experienced lecturer and educator focusing on horticulture and landscape management. He was director of the Clark Botanic Garden on Long Island and director of horticulture at Tryon Palace Historic Sites and Gardens in North Carolina. He was chief horticulturist and chief of environmental facilities and programs for Anne Arundel County, including the original design and development of the Gardens at Historic London Town. He retired as horticulturist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.

In addition to the book on trees (published by Charlesbridge in 2018), Dove has written for the American Horticultural Society and Smithsonian Associates Magazine.

Book sale and signing to follow.


Sponsored By: TBA

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Jenny Rose Carey
Glorious Shade Gardens: Dazzling Plants, Design Ideas and Proven Techniques for Your Shady Garden

Jenny Rose Carey, senior director of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Meadowbrook Farm Gardens, will discuss design ideas and horticultural suggestions for shade gardening. She will show her inspirational photos from shade gardens that she has visited and talk about shade-specific design ideas. She will present some of her favorite native and non-native, but well-behaved, shade plants. Her personally tested tips for planting and maintaining a shade garden will round out this talk, which is based on her book Glorious Shade (Timber Press, 2017).

Carey, a noted educator, historian, and author, oversees the public gardens and educational programs at Meadowbrook Farm Gardens. She previously worked at Temple University, first as an adjunct professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture and then as director of the Ambler Arboretum. While there she co-wrote a history of arboretum, A Century of Cultivation.

She has been lecturing nationally and internationally for many years. She is an avid, hands-on gardener who has gardened in both England and the United States. Her Victorian property, Northview, contains diverse garden spaces, including a shade garden, moss garden and a stumpery. Carey and her gardens have been featured on the PBS series The Victory Garden, in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Green Scene magazine and the Pennsylvania Gardener.

Book sale and signing to follow.


Sponsored By: TBA

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Sam Droege
Your Property and What you Plant on Your Property is Key to Saving the Bees

Bees are neither big nor well known. For example, do you realize that there are more than 450 species of bees in Maryland? Like all living things each of these 450 lives and eats different things. What do they eat? Flowers. Yes, saving the bees is all about what flowers you plant and, no surprise, those flowers require some new bee-centric thinking. Wildlife biologist and bee expert Sam Droege will introduce you to the magic of bees and the flowers they need you to provide.

Droege grew up in Hyattsville, received an undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland and a Master’s degree at the State University of New York – Syracuse. Most of his career has been spent at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. He has coordinated the North American Breeding Bird Survey Program and developed the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program, the Bioblitz, Cricket Crawl, and Frogwatch USA programs. Currently his team is running an inventory and monitoring program for native bees, developing tools and techniques manuals, along with online identification guides for North American bees at discoverlife.org, reviving the North American Bird Phenology Program, and producing public domain high-resolution photographs of bees, insects and flowers @USGSBIML.


Sponsored By: TBA

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Jane Godshalk
Nature Inspired Holiday Design

The patterns of nature influence creativity in art, landscape, and floral design. The December holiday season inspires arrangements of fresh greens and flowers using   nature as inspiration. Noted floral designer Jane Godshalk’s program will include a video presentation and part hands-on arranging presentation.

Godshalk has a uniquely American style, fresh and uncomplicated. Her book, Flower Arranging Secrets–Natural Designs for Everyday Living, demystifies floral design in an environmentally friendly way.

A teacher in the floral design certificate program at Longwood Gardens, Godshalk has received national awards from the American Horticultural Society and the Garden Club of America for her creativity and contributions to floral design education. She has represented the United States at the Chelsea Flower Show in London and as a demonstrator at the World Association of Flower Arrangers in Boston and Dublin. She has served on the boards of the Philadelphia Flower Show and the Garden Club of America.

Book sale and signing to follow.


Sponsored By: TBA