Lecture Series2018-10-29T17:18:12+00:00

Lecture Series

All lectures start at 7:30 p.m.

Vollmer Center Auditorium
Cylburn Arboretum
4915 Greenspring Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21209
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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 11, 7:30 p.m.

Succulent Love

Practically carefree, with low water needs, available in amazing forms and nuanced colors that mix and match beautifully, succulents have been the rage in horticulture in recent years. In this slide lecture, Katherine Tracey of Avant Gardens, Dartmouth, Mass., will share some of her favorite ways of using both hardy and tender succulents in gardens and mixed planters and as long-lasting cut material for floral arrangements.

For more than 25 years, Tracey has been experimenting with the unexpected on the grounds of Avant Gardens, a nationally known mail-order nursery and garden design firm. Formally trained as a painter and textile designer, Tracey’s appreciation for color and pattern has also informed her passion for horticulture. Driven by a life motto to grow everything at least once, she has cultivated a design aesthetic that incorporates the best uncommon plants for New England landscapes. She is a contributor to Fine Gardening Magazine and writes the content for Garden Foreplay, the Avant Gardens blog.


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Tuesday, October 9, 7:30 p.m.

A New Coastal Plain Garden is Coming to Delmarva

Join Gregg Tepper, director of horticulture at the emerging Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek, for an informative and enthusiastic lecture on the Mid-Atlantic’s newest public garden, scheduled to open in 2019. Learn the history, hear the latest news, preview the amazing plans and take a virtual tour of this Coastal Plain garden, which will highlight the flora of southern Delaware and the Delmarva peninsula.

Tepper, who studied ornamental horticulture at the University of Delaware, is a professional horticulturist, lecturer, consultant and life-long native plant enthusiast. He owned a horticulture maintenance business, designing and managing private gardens in the Delaware Valley, then worked at the Mount Cuba Center in Hockessin, Del., where he was director of horticulture.


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Tuesday, November 13, 7:30 p.m.

Our Largest Plants: Celebrating the Living Forest

Trees, our largest plants, form the structural habitat necessary for the many organisms that depend on a forested ecosystem. This talk by Joan Maloof, founder of the Old Growth Forest Network, celebrates the recent release of The Living Forest, her book with photographer Robert Llewellyn. She will share images from that book while discussing forest facts that may be new to you. For instance, did you know that trees can “see” and “taste?”

Maloof, a professor emeritus at Salisbury University, is the author of four books about forests. She is founder and director of the Old Growth Forest Network, a national organization dedicated to preserving our forest cover. Maloof travels widely giving talks, visiting old-growth forests, and dedicating forests to the Old Growth Forest Network.


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Tuesday, December 11, 7:30 p.m.

Beatrix Farrand, American Landscape Pioneer

The work of Beatrix Farrand (1872-1959) defined American taste in gardens during the early 20th century. She blazed her own trail to become an acclaimed figure in landscape design, and was the only female founding member of the American Society of Landscape Architects at age 26. This talk will explore Farrand’s life, as well as the gardens that reflect her artistic talents, her understanding of ecology and native plants, and her love of art and European garden design history. For her ambitious and self-taught approach to landscape design, Farrand is sometimes known as America’s Gertrude Jekyll.

Paula Simon is a garden photographer and a Horticultural Society stalwart, arranging lectures and designing The Hort Report, among other things. A graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, she is a professional graphic design consultant who lives in Sparks.