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.

Native Plants Summit:
Current Status, Conservation, and Outlook for Plants of the Northeast

Friday, September 18, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.; Ross Hall


The Northeastern U.S. hosts a rich diversity of native plants, many of which play essential roles for humans and the environment. Alarmingly, a number of these species are seeing a precipitous decline, with New York State considering one-quarter of its native species in peril. Despite these figures, no comprehensive or integrated program exists to study trends in the status of native plants across the region. This summit will address our dearth of knowledge by bringing together experts and interested members of the public to present and discuss the state of the area's plant species, plot the best course forward, and highlight ways in which everyone can make a difference for native plants in the Northeast.

17th Annual Landscape Design Portfolios Lecture Series: Designing the Unexpected

Three Mondays: October 5, October 19, November 2, 6:30–7:30 p.m.; Scandinavia House, Manhattan


Outstanding landscape architects from around the world showcase their signature projects, working methods, and design philosophies in this popular evening series. This year’s speakers Barbara Aronson, Ken Smith, and Peter Walker respond to a wide range of conditions and aesthetic demands by redefining beauty, fusing influences and even challenging the notion of space itself. Join us for a fascinating series that explores how ingenuity and deep insights are reimagining urban landscape design.

Invasive Species Summit:
Challenges, Strategies, and Perspectives

Friday, November 6, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Ross Hall


Invasive species are a major threat to biodiversity worldwide and are severely impacting our regional ecosystems. This summit will address the impacts of invasive species from a global to regional level, what is being done to manage them, how restoring ecosystems can help, and implications for the future. The morning plenary session features prominent speakers in the fields of invasion biology, restoration ecology, and not-for-profit land management. Concurrent afternoon sessions, available in addition to the morning plenary, consist of short talks followed by a moderated discussion. The Summit is co-presented with Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management.

16th Annual Winter Lecture Series: Chelsea Gold

Three Thursdays: January 28, February 25, March 24, 10–11:30 a.m.; Ross Hall


Held annually since 1912, the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show is the world's most famous, attracting distinguished garden designers and more than 150,000 visitors from every continent. Gold Medals are awarded to designers who meet the highest standards of originality, beauty, and design endeavor, as well as the quality, range, and relevance of plants on display. Join us for this year's sparkling lineup—Ulf Nordfjell, Sarah Price, and Luciano Giubbilei—an international trio of renowned garden designers, who are not only setting trends on both sides of the Atlantic, but also took Chelsea Gold in 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Browse all lectures and courses at nybg.org/adulted