Lectures

Upcoming lectures:


Monday, March 20, 2017  1 PM. "Let Them Eat Flowers: The Gardens of Paris".  Montclair Garden Club, Montclair NJ.

Sunday, March 26, 2017 2 PM. "Beyond Gatsby: The Fabled Gardens of Long Island's Gold Coast". The Long Island Horticultural Society, Hay Barn at Planting Fields, Oyster Bay NY.  

 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 7 PM. "Edith Wharton and the Villas of Rome". Bard College, Bertelsmann Campus Center, Weis Cinema, North Ravine Road, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504. https://www.gardenconservancy.org/store/villas-of-rome-bard-general

Thursday, April 6, 2017. 11 AM. "Designing Your Garden with Native Plants" .  North Country Garden Club, Locust Valley NY. 

Saturday, May 6, 2017. 2 PM. "Beyond Gatsby: The Fabled Gardens of Long Island's Gold Coast".  Douglaston and Little Neck Historical Society, The Community Church of Douglaston, 3950 Douglaston Pkwy, Little Neck, NY 11363.

2016, 2017 Lectures:

1/9/17       SPLIA, Mill Neck NY

2/14/17    Contemporary Garden Club of Princeton NJ

10/10/16  Garden Conservancy, New York NY

10/16/16  Home Garden Club, Morristown NY

4/27/16    Bailey Arboretum, Locust Valley NY

3/21/16    Montclair Garden Club, Montclair NY

1/14/16    Bethpage Library, Bethpage NY


Lecture descriptions:

Beyond Gatsby: The Fabled Gardens of Long Island's Gold Coast


Originally comprising vast areas of the North Shores of Long Island, the Gold Coast was a favorite retreat of the rich and famous. Beginning around the turn of the century and through the 1920's, the North Shore was the place to be for some of the most notable Americans. Along with grand houses, they built elaborate gardens, hiring such notable architects and landscape architects as Delano and Aldrich, Carrere and Hastings, the Olmsted Brothers, Beatrix Farrand, and Ellen Biddle Shipman. Discover the gardens, as they were origininally built, and learn about their history, landscape design, and present condition.

Edith wharton and the villas of rome

   Edith Wharton’s (1862-1937) career as a leading American fiction writer is well-known. But her unusual ability both to write and to observe puts her at the forefront of Italian garden critics as well; her book Italian Villas and their Gardens, first published in 1904, remains a scholarly resource on the subject to this day. Join us for an illustrated talk by landscape architect and historian CeCe Haydock, presenting images of eight Roman villas described by Wharton in her influential book, and hear about the influence of the villas on Wharton’s own houses and her novels.

Let THEM EAT FLOWERS: The Gardens of Paris

Paris gardens originally mimicked styles found in Italy and England. Then over the past two hundred years, designers created a uniquely Parisian look to the gardens, as they became a cultural way of life. Today there are more than 400 private and public gardens inside the city. The presentation will include the best-known parks such as Luxembourg, Tuileries and Bagatelle, smaller gardens such as Monceau, Rodin, and Carnavalet, and also a few surprises such as Promenade du Plantee, Hotel du Sully and Mosque du Paris.
Medici Revisited: Tuscan Villas and Transplanted ENGLISHMEN
The fabulously wealthy Medici bankers towered over Tuscany during the Renaissance. With their riches, the princes built large villas with elaborate gardens just outside Florence. Medici, Castello, and Petraia are a few of the early country estates built in the 15th and 16th centures. Four hundred years later most villas remained although in need of repair. New money arrived in the Tuscan hills as the expatriate Englishmen busied themselves renewing and creating magnificent gardens such as Gamberaia, La Pietra, I Tatti and Le Balze. Learn the history of Renaissance garden making and how it was interpreted by English gardeners of the early 20th century.

2015 and 2014 lectures

12/16/15    Woodmere Library, Woodmere NY

5/30/15     Princeton University, Princeton NJ

3/8/15       Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons,

                    Bridgehamton, NY

8/14/14     Bayshore Garden Club, Brightwaters NY

8/3/14       Italian Society of Long Island, Jericho NY


Other lecture topics: 

Edith Wharton and the Villas of Rome

Edith Wharton, Europhile: Influencing American Gardens