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.

Frida Kahlo: Art & Life
Lecture with Hayden Herrera

Wednesday, May 20, 6:30–7:30 p.m.; Ross Hall


Hear celebrated scholar and author Hayden Herrera interweave Frida Kahlo's art and life, highlighting her childhood, the accident that turned her to painting, her tempestuous marriage to muralist Diego Rivera, and her passionate love for her native Mexico.

Photo: Frida with Olmeca Figurine, Coyoacán, 1939. © Nickolas Muray Photo Archive

Frida Kahlo Today: Her Influence on Contemporary Art
Lecture with Edward Sullivan

Wednesday, June 3, 6:30–7:30 p.m.; Ross Hall


Join us as Latin American art historian and New York University Professor Edward J. Sullivan examines notable artists across the Americas, revealing Kahlo's influence on their highly personal explorations of art, national heritage, and identity.

Photo: Casa Azul, Mexico City, 2014

Native Plant 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.

Browse all lectures and courses at nybg.org/adulted