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.

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.

Landscape Design Students and Alumni Series

Six Tuesdays: October 27–March 22, 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.

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.

Growing the Urban Farm

Wednesday, November 8; 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