The Barn Garden in Hertfordshire, UK

21st Annual Winter Lecture Series: Gardens of Meaning

Three Thursdays, January 28, February 25, March 25, 2021

11 a.m.–12 p.m. ET | Register Online

This year’s speakers approach the garden from non-traditional perspectives—healing, inclusiveness, and music—that add new layers to our notions of beautiful spaces and the gardening experience.

Sue Stuart-Smith: The Well-Gardened Mind

January 28, 2021

Distinguished psychiatrist and avid gardener Sue Stuart-Smith believes our minds and our gardens interact in ways that can sustain our innermost selves.

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A view of meadows at The Barn Garden in Hertfordshire, UK

Leslie Bennett: Gardens of Sanctuary

February 25, 2021

Founder and owner of Pine House Edible Gardens, Leslie Bennett designs, builds, and maintains edible and culturally resonant landscapes that are beautiful and productive.

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An overhead image of a vegetable garden in Hillsborough, CA

Larry Weaner: Music Composition & Landscape Design

March 25, 2021

For landscape designer and composer Larry Weaner, garden design and music composition have much in common. Both look to explore freedom of expression within formal constraints.

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A landscape image of flowers and rolling grasses

CEUs available: APLD, LA CES, and CBLP

CART Interpretation will be provided at these events. For accommodation requests related to a disability, questions, comments, or more information about the accessibility of these events, please contact Lisa Whitmer at or 718.817.8765.

Funded in part by the Barbara Cushing Paley Fund