A filled-out Ross Lecture Hall during a presentation.

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. We are delighted to announce our Fall 2017–Winter 2018 lectures and symposia, below.

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A Wilder World: The Plants and Places that Inspired Laura Ingalls Wilder

Wednesday, October 11; 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Ross Hall

Marta McDowell and Thomas Rainer invite you to explore the natural history of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s American frontier—as captured in her beloved Little House books—and its relevance to “post-wild” design, horticulture, agriculture, and preservation today.

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Landscape Design Students & Alumni Series

Starts Tuesday, October 25–March 20; 1–3 p.m., Ross Hall

Come hear award-winning and nationally renowned professionals share their expertise on current topics in landscape design and horticulture. This year we welcome: Patrick Cullina, Lew French, Heather Liljengren, Troy Scott Smith, Deanna F. Curtis, and Peter Grilli.

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Andrew Carnegie Distinguished Lecture: Cassian Schmidt: Innovation and the Future of Planting Design at Hermannshof

Wednesday, October 25; 6 p.m., Sotheby’s, Manhattan

Director Cassian Schmidt shares his insights into the history and vision of the acclaimed botanical garden nestled in the rolling hills of the Rhine Valley. Hermannshof has set a new standard for naturalistic planting design that blends ecological prowess and artistic virtuosity.

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Invasive Species Summit: Restoration and Long-Term Management

Friday, November 3; 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Ross Hall

Invasive species are a major threat to biodiversity worldwide, second only to habitat loss. In this summit, five experts share their hard-won insights about best practices to manage and restore ecosystems, and engage in conversation about how to establish goals, prioritize, take action, and overcome challenges to achieve long-term success.

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What Plants Can Teach Us: A Talk with Robin Wall Kimmerer

Friday, December 1; 10–11:30 am, Ross Hall,

In this wide-ranging talk, Robin Wall Kimmerer shares insights from her current research and her book Braiding Sweetgrass, as well as her fervent belief that if we claim our own agency in tending to Earth, we can restore the relationship between plants and people.

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18th Annual Winter Lecture Series: The Gardener's Garden

Three Thursdays: January 25, February 22, & March 29, 2018; 10–11:30 a.m., Ross Hall

This year’s series stays close to home—and heart—as three renowned gardeners, plantsmen, and environmental stewards take us inside their own personal gardens. Join us as Dan Hinkley, Arne Maynard, and Edwina von Gal share the ideas and projects that have led them to the gardens they have always wanted.

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