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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.

Green standing stalks of barley against a blue sky with small red flowers in the foreground

If We Are What We Eat, Then Where Are We From?

Friday, August 5, 2022
Orange flowers grow on long stems among green foliage, with shrubs and a water feature visible in the near distance

Designing for the Intangible

Wednesday, June 29, 2022
A farm with greenhouse and red shed on it

A Seat at the Table Symposium

Saturday, June 18, 2022
Magnified many times, a red ant's details can be seen up close on a plant stem

Weird Little Things: Hunting Zombie Ants, Shapeshifting Slime Molds, and Lichens

Tuesday, June 14, 2022
A path polka-dotted with small, mossy circles cuts through beds of grasses and shrubs, artfully arranged within a misty meadow environment

Wild by Nature with Noel Kingsbury & Claire Takacs

Wednesday, June 8, 2022
A man in a baseball cap, sunglasses, and a blue flannel shirt lifts up a long, flowing piece of brown seaweed before a blue sky

Sea to Soil: Using Kelp as a Soil Amendment

Tuesday, May 24, 2022
A photo of a clear oceanic scene has been overlaid with geometric points and the outline of a crowd of people walking across the water's surface

Landscapes of Memory and Meaning with Sara Zewde

Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Cut at a bias, a large, black pipe lined on the interior with slabs of red-stained wood sits in the sunshine while two people observe

What Is Missing? Maya Lin + Edwina von Gal

Thursday, May 5, 2022
A lush gardenscape of green foliage, red maple leaves, yellow and white flowers, and a flowing creek lies in the foreground, while trees frame a small brick and wood house in the background

The Garden: Elements & Styles

Tuesday, April 26, 2022
A long, rectangular water feature leads down through two evenly arranged paths of planted trees, with people visible in the distance

Envisioning Landscapes:
Making the Unseen Seen:
James Burnett

Thursday, March 31, 2022
Four people sit on adjacent benches on a terrace, looking out over an expanse of rich green forest, lilac collection, a planted rose garden, and blooming shrubs, with a blue sky beyond

Gardens within the Garden: Shavaun Towers

Tuesday, March 15, 2022
A concrete path curves around a raised, tilted piece of rusted steel, within which sits a planting of diverse flowering shrubs; a forest is visible in the background, along with the eaves of a house

Rebuilding Abundance:
Claudia West

Thursday, February 24, 2022
A terraced back yard, hemmed in with open forest, boasts lush green foliage planted around an in-ground swimming pool

Plants and Placemaking:
Matthew Cunningham

Tuesday, February 15, 2022
A man operating a piece of heavy equipment uses its claw arm to capture and lift lumber with a forest visible in the background

The Indigenous Roots of Sustainable Forestry

Wednesday, February 9, 2022
A rendering of a sunny beach scene full of people and lined with intentional plantings

Mending the Landscape:
Kate Orff

Thursday, January 27, 2022
A geometric planting of agave, trees, and small, round topiaries arranged in symmetrical rows, with a ranch-style home visible in the background

22nd Annual Winter Lecture Series: Adapting to a New Climate

Three Thursdays, January 27, February 24, & March 31, 2022
A riot of hardy grasses and flowering plants rises up in the foreground in browns, greens, and purples, while hedges and a forested hillside are visible in the distant background

The Modern Cottage Garden: Greg Loades

Tuesday, January 18, 2022
A series of geometric glass and cement structures rises up from a gravel foundation, surrounded by evergreen trees, purple blooming flowers, and grasses

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

Tuesday, December 14, 2021
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 gray stone archway bordered by tall green hedges frames a quiet private garden space, full of blooming alliums and flowering shrubs

2021–22 Landscape Design Students & Alumni Series

Select Tuesdays
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
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