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Past Lectures, Talks, & Symposia

See information on past lectures and conferences at NYBG. Find recordings from select events in our accompanying Lecture Library.

A Call to Action: Protecting Earth's Biodiversity

Friday, November 15, 2019
Photo of a water feature by Andrea Cochran

21st Annual Landscape Design Portfolios Lecture Series: Responding to the Land

Three Mondays, October 7, October 21, November 4; 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Photo of Marta McDowell

Emily Dickinson's Gardening Life: Marta McDowell in Conversation with Alice Quinn

Friday, November 1, 2019
Photo collage of plants and animals

Andrew Carnegie Distinguished Lecture 2019: Saving a Livable World

Thursday, October 10, 2019
Where the Crawdads Sing Book Cover

Delia Owens: Where the Crawdads Sing

Monday, September 16, 2019
An aerial view of Brazilian Modern, showing black-and-white curved paths, a sculptural water feature, and plants.

Roberto Burle Marx: Innovation and Activism

September 13, 2019

Elizabeth Bishop in Brazil

Friday, June 21

Ecstatic Nutrition: The Trees of My Life with Michele Oka Doner

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Symposium: Roberto Burle Marx—A Total Work of Art

Friday, June 7, 2019
Single Ancient Ash Pollard Phoenix tree in fog

Sprout Lands: William Bryant Logan with Robin Wall Kimmerer

May 21, 2019

250th Anniversary of Alexander von Humboldt with Andrea Wulf

Friday, April 19, 2019
Allt-y-bela

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

Three Thursdays, January 25, February 22, March 29, 2018; 10–11:30 a.m.
A brick gate amid lush flora.

19th Annual Winter Lecture Series: The Education of a Gardener

Three Thursdays, January 31, February 28, March 28, 2019; 10–11:30 a.m.
Image of Garden Gate from Beatrix Farrand

The Humanities Institute Presents:
Beatrix Farrand's American Landscapes

Friday, March 15, 2019
Sakkonnet Garden

Landscape Design Students & Alumni Series 2018 - 2019

Select Tuesdays Throughout Fall and Winter
View of trees from the Thain Family Forest

The Secret Wisdom of Nature: Peter Wohlleben with Maria Popova

March 13, 2019
A large tree branching out

The Overstory: Richard Powers with Todd Forrest

March 7, 2019
An autumnal scene overlooking a pond.

Picturesque: Celebrating Sublime Nature

November 16, 2018 & December 7, 2018
photo of garden and house from Larry Weaner

Horticulture Symposium: Cultivating a New Garden Ethic

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
giving voice to the land

20th Annual Landscape Design Portfolios Lecture Series:
Time, Place & Story:
Design at the Crossroads

Three Mondays, October 1, October 15, November 5; 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Floral arrangement with pinks and yellows

Floral Design Showcase
with Putnam & Putnam

October 26, 2018
Photo of the book: American Eden by David Hosack

Andrew Carnegie Distinguished Lecture 2018
with Author Victoria Johnson

Thursday, October 18, 2018
Aerial view of NYBG and NYC

First Annual New York City EcoFlora Conference

Friday, August 3, 2018
Black and white Image of Georgia O'Keeffe taken by her husband

Georgia O’Keeffe: A Creative Life

June 13, 2018
Aerial photo of an ocean and mountains in Hawaii

Georgia O’Keeffe and Hawai‘i:
A Sense of Place

May 18, 2018
Photo of a forest walkway lined with trees

The Nature Fix: A Talk with Florence Williams 2018

Friday, May 4, 2018
Painting of flowers growing in a tree

Symposium: Plant Intelligence

Thursday, March 22, 2018
Photo of moss in a forest

What Plants Can Teach Us

Friday, December 1, 2017
Photo of a henge with a forest in the background

Landscape Design Students & Alumni Series 2017-2018

Select Tuesdays Throughout Fall and Winter
People talking in Bryant park

Landscape Design Portfolios Lecture Series 2017: Laurie Olin

Monday, November 6, 2017
Photo of a garden

Landscape Design Portfolios Lecture Series 2017: Arabella Lennox-Boyd

Monday, October 30, 2017
Photo of Hermannshof

Andrew Carnegie Distinguished Lecture 2017

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Photo of Nielsen

Landscape Design Portfolios Lecture Series 2017: Signe Nielsen

Monday, October 16, 2017