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.


18th Annual Landscape Design Portfolios Lecture Series: Artistic Expression in the Landscape

Three Mondays: September 26, October 17, & November 7

This popular evening lecture series in Manhattan invites outstanding landscape architects from around the world to discuss their signature projects, working methods, and design philosophies. This year's lineup features a passionate and influential trio of landscape architects/artists who are redefining what we mean by landscape: Martha Schwartz, Charles Jencks, and Raymond Jungles. Their bold designs for public spaces, regenerated urban sites, and city centers tell stories that resonate on profound emotional, intellectual, and poetic levels—reflecting a deep, personal connection between people and places.

Capturing the Garden:
A Photography Talk with Larry Lederman

Saturday, October 15; 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m., Ross Hall

Showing exquisite new photographs of the extraordinary plants, gardens, and architecture that define NYBG's 250-acre landscape, Larry Lederman will share his technical, creative, and philosophical insights into the art of photography. Taken in all seasons and times of day, his poetic images capture the ever-changing moods of our woodlands, meadows, and collections. This engaging session will make you want to grab your camera and head outside to the Garden!

Landscape Design Students & Alumni Series

Select Tuesdays: October–March; 1–3 p.m., after LDSA Meetings, Ross Hall

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

Andrew Carnegie Distinguished Lecture:
A Rothschild Evening: An Intimate Look at Two English Rothschild Gardens

Wednesday, October 26; 6 p.m., Christie's, Manhattan

Lord Rothschild will introduce the presentation by discussing horticultural traditions at Waddesdon Manor, the extraordinary 19th-century chateau created in Buckinghamshire by his ancestor Baron Ferdinand. Lady Mary Keen will talk about the private garden nearby at the Pavilion, Eythrope, which she reworked and restored in 1990 when Eythrope became the home of Lord and Lady Rothschild. Don't miss this rare look into a legendary garden, celebrated throughout the garden world for its atmospheric beauty, standards of perfection, and traditional gardening techniques that produce fruits, vegetables, and flowers year-round.

17th Annual Winter Lecture Series:
Great Gardens and Their Legacies

Three Mondays: January 26, February 23, & March 30; 10–11:30 a.m.

Chanticleer… Hermannshof… Great Dixter. Three beloved and influential gardens—each founded on a singular vision, each with an evolving legacy. Join us for this year's fascinating series, as three innovative gardeners share the challenges of maintaining—and expanding—these iconic spaces. This year's speakers are R. William Thomas, Cassian Schmidt, and Aaron Bertelsen. Plantsmen as well as stewards, they must protect past, present, and future, balancing art, nature, technology, and the expectations of an ever-growing public.

Browse all lectures and courses at nybg.org/adulted