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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 hemlock tree

The Fight to Save Our Hemlocks

Thursday, November 18, 2021
A pagoda structure in red and bronze sits atop a round dais of stone, surrounded by a water feature of lotus plants, cascades, and weeping willows

Sleepy Cat Farm: Fred Landman & Charles Stick

Tuesday, November 16, 2021
A stem full of oak leaves sits on the black background of a book cover that reads "The Nature of Oaks"

The Nature of Oaks

Tuesday, November 2, 2021
An ovate green leaf embroidered with the image of a tropical flower in yellow, pink, and red thread

The Art of Leaf Embroidery

Thursday, October 21, 2021
A wild field of flowers extends toward a horizon of green trees, with yellow, pink, and red flowers blooming amid the sea of green foliage

The Beauty of the Wild: Darrel Morrison

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
A view of a brick courtyard full of people gathering around standing tables, with trees interspersed throughout the courtyard space and a rich border of terraced cement seating and planted landscapes

23rd Annual Landscape Design Portfolios Lecture Series: Design Intent: Places For People

Three Mondays: October 4, October 18, & November 1, 2021
Illustrated cover of "Unearthing the Secret Garden" featuring colorful flowers and birds

Unearthing the Secret Garden:
A Conversation with Marta McDowell

Wednesday, September 15, 2021
A split image of Carolyn Robert and an illustration of African basil

Medicine, Knowledge, and Power in the Atlantic Slave Trade

Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Judith Carney headshot next to okra

In the Shadow of Slavery: Africa's Food Legacy in the Atlantic World

Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Tryptic of new publications from NYBG Instructors

They Wrote the Books: New Publications by NYBG Botanical Art Instructors

Friday, April 16, 2021
Headshot of Mika Yashitake

Cosmic Nature: Embracing the Unknown

Thursday, April 15, 2021
An image of Ranger Angela Crenshaw with a bust of Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman:
"The Ultimate Outdoorswoman"

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
An image of Dan Pearson and Midori Sintani in the Tokachi Millennium Forest

Dan Pearson and Midori Shintani: Tokachi Millennium Forest

Thursday, April 1, 2021
The Barn Garden in Hertfordshire, UK

21st Annual Winter Lecture Series: Gardens of Meaning

Three Thursdays, January 28, February 25, March 25, 2021
Dan Barber and Michael Mazourek in a kitchen

Cultivating Diversity from Seed to Table

Tuesday, March 23, 2021
an image of Brandywine Cottage surrounded by plants and trees

2020–21 Landscape Design Students & Alumni Series

Select Tuesdays
Photo of Platanthera praeclara by Robert Naczi

Here Today, Gone Forever:
Plant Extinction Now and Conservation Strategies for Tomorrow

Two Tuesdays: November 17 & 24, 2020
Headshot of Hilton Carter

Living Wild with Hilton Carter

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
SeaBeach Amaranth

Conserving the Rare Plants of New York

Friday, November 6, 2020
Overhead image of Hunter’s Point South Park in Long Island City, NY

22nd Annual Landscape Design Portfolios Lecture Series: Landscapes on the Edge

Two Mondays, One Thursday, October 5, October 19, October 29, 2020
Photo of The New Gardener's Handbook

Meet the New Gardeners: An Evening with Daryl Beyers & Farmer Nick

Thursday, April 2, 2020
Photo of Sean Hogan's garden

20th Annual Winter Lecture Series: The Garden Came First

Three Thursdays, January 30, February 27, March 26 (Cancelled), 2020; 10–11:30 a.m.
Image from the cover of The Earth In Her Hands

The Earth in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants

Friday, March 13, 2020
Photo of a sunset garden

2019–20 Landscape Design Students & Alumni Series

Select Tuesdays; 1–3 p.m.
Photo of Russel Page

The Life and Legacy of Russell Page

Friday, February 28, 2020
Photo of Jeff Leatham among flowers

Floral Design Talk with Jeff Leatham

Thursday, February 20, 2020

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

Friday, September 13, 2019

Elizabeth Bishop in Brazil

Friday, June 21, 2019

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

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

250th Anniversary of Alexander von Humboldt with Andrea Wulf

Friday, April 19, 2019

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