Lectures & Symposia

Throughout the year, The New York Botanical Garden offers lectures in which outstanding landscape architects and garden designers present their signature works and insights, and internationally recognized speakers address topics of global interest related to the study, preservation, and appreciation of the plant kingdom.

Symposium & Lecture Inspired by Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas

May 13, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and May 18, 6:30–7:30 p.m., Ross Hall


Join us for events celebrating the Garden-wide spring exhibition, Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas. A May 13 symposium, Painting the American Garden, explores the exhibition's major themes and provides an opportunity for scholars to discuss its contemporary context. An evening lecture on May 18, The Golden Age of American Impressionism, explores Impressionism in America, surveying its sources abroad and examining its most influential artists.

Image credit: Edmund William Greacen, In Miss Florence's Garden, 1913, Oil on canvas, 30 x 30 inches, Private Collection

Humanities Institute Symposium: The History, Science, and Poetry of Ecology

Friday, May 20, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Ross Hall


Join three influential thinkers for a lively session devoted to visionary naturalist Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1859). Andrea Wulf, author of The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World, celebrated poet Susan Stewart, and distinguished ecologist Stephen Kellert explore the rich and wide impact of Humboldt's life and work. After the presentations, a panel discussion examines current developments in ecological science and eco-poetics.

Image credit: Eduard Ender, Alexander von Humboldt and Bonpland in the Jungle Hut, ca. 1850. Archive of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities

Browse all lectures and courses at nybg.org/adulted