Lecture Series 2017-09-30T00:45:44+00:00

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 show a current membership card for free admission to lectures. Guests of members also receive free admission. Admission for non-members is $10 at the door.

September 12, 2017

Planting for the Future

Modern gardens need to be more than beautiful. They need tocelebrate biodiversity and create tangible connections to our environment. Gardening with purpose is the mantra as 21st century consumers seek to create gardens that feed us, benefit wildlife, enable greater public engagement, mitigate storm water and more. In this lecture, plantsman Kelly D. Norris will challenge audiences to plant more diversity in landscapes, while maximizing aesthetics through contemporary design.

Iowa plantsman Kelly D. Norristhe first director of horticulture at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, is the author of Plants With Style and A Guide to Bearded Irises: Cultivating the Rainbow for Beginners and Enthusiasts, which won the 2013 American Horticultural Society Book Award. As a speaker, he has garnered acclaim for his high-energy, zealous presentations on the national stage, leading many to call him one of the rising stars of American horticulture.  


The lecture is preceded by our Annual Plant & Seed, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. This “one for one” swap is for members and their guests. Take your plants and seed packets—marked with botanical names—to the front of the Vollmer Center, then look for plants to add to your garden.


October 10, 2017

The Art of Growing Food

A true kitchen garden goes beyond straight rows of a vegetable garden to combine art and food in ways that enhance the gardener’s experience—delighting the senses in both the garden and kitchen, and turning work into play. Ogden will tell us how to integrate flowers, herbs and vegetables with an eye toward making the garden both beautiful and productive.

Ellen Ecker Ogden is an award-winning food and garden writer and kitchen garden designer. Her kitchen gardens combine artistic elements with classic garden design techniques that elevate a backyard vegetable patch into a true kitchen garden. She is co-founder of The Cook’s Garden seed catalog and author of numerous books including The Complete Kitchen Garden. Her articles and designs have appeared in Martha Stewart LivingGarden DesignEating Well and Better Homes & GardensThe New York Times and The Boston Globe


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November 14th, 2017

Restoring Nature’s Relationships at Home

Specialized relationships between animals and plants are the norm in nature rather than the exception. These relationships provide our birds with insects and berries, disperse our bloodroot seeds, pollinate our goldenrod, and so on. Plants that evolved in concert with local animals provide for their needs better than plants that evolved elsewhere. Tallamy will explain why this is so, and why our yards and gardens are essential parts of the ecosystems that sustain us.Managing landscapes today carries both moral and ecological responsibilities that we can no longer ignore.

Douglas Tallamy, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has taught Insect Taxonomy, Behavioral Ecology, Humans and Nature, Insect Ecology, and other courses for 36 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His book Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers’ Association. The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, was published in 2014. Doug is also a columnist for Garden Design magazine. 



December 12, 2017

Great Gardens of Japan

Holly Shimizu has been traveling to Japan for many years with her husband, Osamu, a Japanese garden designer. Based on a wide variety of gardens visited on recent trips, she will focus her lecture on the qualities that make a Japanese design so intriguing. This will include the art of rock arrangement, moss gardens, creating views, Japanese pruning, hide and reveal, borrowed landscape and miniature gardens. She will also explore the spiritual nature of Japanese gardens.

Holly Shimizu is a nationally recognized horticulturist with a rich background in public gardens. She was the first curator of the National Herb Garden at the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C.She was the executive director of the U.S. Botanic Garden, on the National Mall, where she was responsible for all aspects of running the g, which experienced a renaissance during her leadership. She recently held the position of interim executive director of the American Horticultural Society.