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Women’s History Month 2022

Tuesday, March 1, 2022 – Thursday, March 31, 2022

Online & At the Garden

This year NYBG’s Women’s History Month celebration honors inspirational sheroes in a variety of fields. From breaking ground in urban spaces to shattering glass ceilings in the laboratory, discover the powerful voices and stories of community, preservation, and purpose that bind them. Throughout the month, we explore and showcase influential women who have transformed NYBG as well as American horticulture, landscape architecture, botany, education, and so much more.

Welcome Message from Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson

Pioneering Women of NYBG

NYBG CEO & President Jennifer Bernstein profiles four prominent women who have transformed the Garden through their respective efforts in activism and philanthropy—including NYBG co-founder Elizabeth Knight Britton, seen here.

Read in PlantTalk

Black and white image of Elizabeth Britton standing outside next to a large tree with a triangular hat on and holding a large stick.

Influential Women in Landscape Architecture

Famed landscape architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander (1921–2021) left an outstanding legacy of built work in Canada, the U.S., and Europe. Her imaginative designs, sustainable practices, and compelling lectures encouraged legions of professionals to follow her path. The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s recently announced award, the Cornelia Hahn Oberlander International Landscape Architecture Prize, is named in her honor.

Oberlander lectured twice in NYBG’s longstanding Landscape Design Portfolios Lecture Series. Two of her protégés, Shavaun Towers, FASLA, and Beka Sturges, ASLA, carry on her legacy and are featured in NYBG’s Landscape Design Students and Alumni Series:

The Art of the Possible: Cornelia Hahn Oberlander's Landscapes: Beka Sturges

NYBG’s Landscape Design Program Coordinator, Susan Cohen, FASLA, introduces this lecture by Beka Sturges, ASLA, a partner at Reed Hilderbrand, where she leads the firm’s New Haven office. She also teaches at Yale School of Architecture and Connecticut College.

Women in Garden Design Tour

Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. | At the Garden

Join NYBG volunteer experts on a one-hour guided tour of NYBG’s collections that were designed by women such as the Ladies’ Border, Perennial Garden, Rose Garden, and more. The program will highlight not only these collections but also the legacies of the women who cultivated them.

Pink Japanese apricot trees in bloom.

Profiles in Purpose

Plants as Liberation

In this wide-ranging series of interviews, with herbalists, houseplant enthusiasts, farmers, and gardeners, hear from Black women in the plant world and learn how they are using plants as a powerful expression of liberation and freedom.

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Plants as Liberation: Maryah Greene

Founder of Greene Piece and known as the Plant Doctor, hear from Maryah about her goal of making plants accessible for all.

Women of Bronx Green-Up and Bronx Community Farm Hubs: Highlight on Ursula Chanse

Learn more about Ursula Chanse, Director of NYBG’s Bronx Green-Up and Community Horticulture, and her leadership role in helping neighborhood groups develop local gardens and urban farms, providing healthful food to their communities during the pandemic.

Harriet Tubman: “The Ultimate Outdoorswoman”

As a young enslaved girl in the swampy wetlands and upland forests of Dorchester County, Maryland, Harriet Tubman learned to navigate different ecosystems, mimic bird sounds, trap animals, and utilize plants for medicine and food. Maryland Park Ranger Angela Crenshaw reveals how Tubman, whom she calls “the ultimate outdoorswoman,” gained the expert naturalist skills that later helped her guide more than 70 enslaved people to freedom through the Underground Railroad.

Finding the Mother Tree: A Conversation with Suzanne Simard

As a pioneer in the field of plant communication, ecologist Suzanne Simard, Ph.D., has spent a lifetime rigorously documenting the forests of North America and the Arctic. Through this thought-provoking lens, she shares fascinating insights into how trees have evolved to perceive one another, recognize their neighbors, and remember the past; how they elicit warnings and mount defenses; and how they compete and cooperate with one another. She shows how the ancient hubs of these communities—what she calls Mother Trees—play a crucial role in a given forest’s vitality.

Lecture followed by conversation with Todd Forrest, NYBG’s Arthur Ross Vice President for Horticulture and Living Collections.