Lecture Series 2018-01-05T01:20:45+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.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

The Natural History of Spring Wildflowers: A Closer Look

Besides adding beauty to our woodlands and gardens, native spring wildflowers play an important role in the ecology of our eastern forests. Carol Gracie, author of Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast: A Natural History, will show how these plants have adapted to their shaded environment and discuss their methods of propagation and dispersal and their uses as medicines, foods and dyes. Book signing.

Carol Gracie is retired from The New York Botanical Garden, where she was Director of the Foreign Tour Program and the Children’s Education Department. She later worked in the Science Division, making dozens of trips to South and Central America, both as a tour leader and on botanical collecting expeditions. Her work has resulted in the naming of seven newly discovered tropical plant species and one new genus for her (including two named jointly for both Carol and her husband). She is a co-author, with her tropical botanist-husband, Scott Mori, of the two-volume Guide to the Vascular Plants of Central French Guiana. Carol has since returned to her earlier interest in local flora and is the photographer and co-author, with Steve Clemants, of Wildflowers in the Field and Forest: A Field Guide to the Northeastern United States (Oxford University Press, 2006). Princeton University Press published her latest book, Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast: A Natural History, in 2012. Carol is currently working on a book about the natural history of summer wildflowers.


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Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Barbara Tiffany
Gardening Against the Grain

Most gardeners plant for the flowers: Barbara Tiffany’s focus is on the architecture of the plant and the texture and color of the leaf, because that is what endures most of the year. Tiffany, owner of Mill Fleurs, a Pennsylvania garden that is open to the public, will share her unusual ideas about grouping plants by color and her solutions for planting a collector’s garden.

It was a challenging site on Tochickon Creek in Bucks County, with a steep hill embracing two 18th-century mills—even for furniture designers with training in space-planning and engineering. After clearing the land 40’ bamboo and rampant invasive plants, Barbara and Robert Tiffany set about planting just to hold the soil.  Twenty-four years later, The Gardens at Mill Fleurs host a collection of unusual varieties of shadeloving perennials, grasses and spring ephemerals filling the spaces between. Barbara loves to share her ideas about color-grouping plants, designing a collection garden (Just how, exactly, do you plant 1,200 cultivars of Hostawithout boring people to death?”) and species preservation. The Gardens at Mill Fleurs are open to the public for guided tours from April through September. Tiffany Perennials, a rare plant nursery, offers ‘really rare’ plants imported from India, Japan, and Thailand, ‘interesting natives, and fancy weeds,’ many of which thrive in the gardens.



Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Joseph Tyconievich
Rock Gardening: Reimagining a Classic Style

Inspired by the tiny plants and dramatic, rocky landscapes found on mountain tops, rock gardening uses a range of unusual, small plants in combination with beautiful stones to create miniaturized landscapes. This approach to gardening is water-wise, perfect for containers, small gardens, and for gardeners interested in exploring a whole new group of plants. Tyconievich, author of Rock Gardening: Reimagining a Classic Style, will discuss the basic principles of creating rock gardens and suggest easy-to-grow rock garden plants to get you started. Book signing.

A life-long gardener and lover of plants, Joseph earned his degree in horticulture from Ohio State University, worked at specialty rare plants nurseries in Michigan and Japan, and was named by Organic Gardening Magazine as one of “…six young horticulturists who are helping to shape how America gardens.” He is the author of Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener (Timber Press, 2013), Rock Gardening: Reimagining a Classic Style (Timber Press, 2016) and is the editor of The Rock Garden Quarterly. Currently Joseph lives and gardens with his husband and an adorable black cat in eastern Virginia.