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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.

    An image of Ranger Angela Crenshaw with a bust of Harriet Tubman

    Harriet Tubman:
    "The Ultimate Outdoorswoman"

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

    Dan Pearson and Midori Shintani: Tokachi Millennium Forest

    Thursday, April 1
    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
    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
    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

    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

    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