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.

Save the Date: 16th Annual Landscape Design Portfolios Lecture Series

Save the Date:
16th Annual Landscape Design Portfolios Lecture Series

Three Mondays: October 20, October 27, November 3, 6:30–7:30 p.m.


This popular evening lecture series returns for its 16th year. Award-winning designers will discuss their significant landscape projects and design philosophies at the NYBG Midtown Education Center. Registration opens in August.

The Humanities Institute presents:
Symposium: The Changing Nature of Nature in Cities

Friday, November 7; 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.


From rampant urbanization to the alarming spread of invasive species and the rapidly increasing concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, human activities are impacting natural systems on a global scale. Nowhere is the impact of mankind on nature more evident than in cities, where forests have been razed, wetlands paved, shorelines bulwarked, and nature has been relegated to patches of parkland and isolated remnants of woodlands and wetlands. These urban refuges retain only a fraction of their historic biodiversity, but they do provide opportunity for the more than 50% of the global population that lives in cities to engage with the wonders and mysteries of nature.


The Changing Nature of Nature in Cities symposium will explore the concept of novel ecosystems that are the result of urban development, and ask if these much-maligned accidents of unbridled growth could ultimately mitigate the impacts of environmental change and re-introduce the wonder of nature in cities.


Browse all lectures and courses at nybg.org/adulted