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.

Landscape Design Students and Alumni Series

Six Tuesdays: October 27, 2015–March 22, 2016, 1–3 p.m.; NYBG

Come hear award winning and nationally renowned professionals share their expertise on current topics in landscape design and horticulture. These popular afternoon lectures are scheduled to coincide with the monthly morning meetings of the Landscape Design Students and Alumni Association. All are welcome to register.

Growing the Urban Farm

Wednesday, November 18; 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Ross Hall

Urban agriculture is growing rapidly in cities across America. Vacant lots, abandoned green spaces, and urban rooftops are being transformed into productive farms that provide fresh produce and opportunities for healthy activity, income, and many other benefits for urban families. Can the unprecedented growth of urban agriculture continue? Can urban farms produce enough food to feed large numbers of city residents? What new policies must be adopted to improve and promote urban agriculture? These critical questions and more will be addressed by four distinguished speakers in this symposium presented by Bronx Green-Up, NYBG's community gardening program.

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