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Du Pont Gardens of the Brandywine Valley

Thursday, October 19, 2023

4–5:30 p.m. | Ross Hall

Over multiple generations, the du Pont family has created magnificent landscapes and gardens that complement the verdant lands of the Brandywine Valley, where five of their estates—Hagley Museum and Library; Nemours Estate; Mt. Cuba Center; Winterthur Museum, Garden, & Library; and Longwood Gardens—are each a showplace of formal plantings juxtaposed with carefully nurtured natural woodland.

Through vivid photography and eloquent prose, the beauty and spirit of each estate is exquisitely captured in one beautiful new book, Du Pont Gardens of the Brandywine Valley (Monacelli, September 2023).

Join renowned botanical photographer Larry Lederman; garden historian, writer, and NYBG instructor Marta McDowell; and Executive Director of Mt. Cuba Center Jeff Downing for a lively discussion about this impressive publication and the landscape legacy of the du Pont family.

This conversation will be moderated by Todd Forrest, NYBG’s Vice President for Horticulture and Living Collections.

Book signing to follow. An exhibition of Larry Lederman’s diverse garden photography will also be on view in Ross Gallery, adjacent to the lecture hall.


Lead image © Larry Lederman

About the Speakers

Following a successful career in corporate law, Larry Lederman turned to photography as an avocation. From an initial focus on the forms and foliage of trees, Lederman now captures the beauty of gardens and landscapes through the seasons. He is the author of many books, including Magnificent Trees of the New York Botanical GardenThe Rockefeller Family Gardens: An American Legacy, and Garden Portraits: Experiencing Natural Beauty, all published by Monacelli, and the principal photographer for the 125th anniversary edition of The New York Botanical Garden (Abrams).

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