Winter Lecture: Evergreen Azaleas
(Adults) No southern garden would be complete without a beautiful azalea. Azalea expert Don Hyatt discusses the diversity of Asian evergreen azaleas, including old favorites, newer introductions and recent trends in hybridizing. You are sure to find a beauty to add to your collection.
Winter Lecture: Foodscape Revolution
(Adults) Foodscape design requires a well balanced mix of flowering and edibles plants. Plantswoman Brie Arthur shares her favorite perennials for the seasonal foodscape. Learn how to layer perennials in with your favorite vegetables to increase beauty and pollinator activity. Discover management strategies to make your edible perennial border low-maintenance and full of life.
Winter Lecture: Gardening in the South
(Adults) JC Raulston Arboretum director Mark Weathington shares his years of experience gardening in Virginia and North Carolina. Learn regional plant picks, pest management, growing advice for the South and styling tips to make an inviting garden space. More than a garden primer, Mark hopes to take you beyond the basics to hone your craft as a southern gardener.
Winter Lecture: Harvesting Garden Water
(Adults) Water harvesting involves a variety of strategies to manage and enhance the water resources on your land leading to healthier plants and lower water bills. Understanding and implementing just a few simple water harvesting techniques such as swales, hugelkultur beds and rain gardens can improve the way water moves through your yard and how effectively your plants are able to use it. Designer Michael Judd shows you designs that best fit your land, how they are created and how to make them look good. These principles will help make your land more diverse, productive and ecologically friendly.
Winter Lecture: Seeing Flowers
(Adults) Get a more intimate view of flowers with their divine proportion and summer secrets. Author Teri Chace shares insight into the unique photo process detailed in Robert Llewellyn's 'Seeing Flowers' and the details often missed such as the amazing architecture of stamens and pistils, the subtle shadings on a petal and the secret recesses of nectar tubes. Bring your magnifier and macro lens to the glass house afterwards to explore flowers in our collection.
Winter Lecture: The Humane Gardener
(Adults) In her eloquent plea for compassion and respect toward all species, author Nancy Lawson describes why and how you should welcome wildlife to your backyard. She discusses planting for wildlife, providing habitats that shelter baby animals, creating gardens free of poisons and hazards, cohabiting with pests, letting nature be your garden designer and welcoming natural processes and seasonal changes.
Winter Lecture: Trees Find Their Voice
(Adults) Green Spring historian Debbie Waugh reveals what trees can tell us through the science of dendrochronology. Hear how tree-ring dating interprets long-ago environmental events and helps to predict future trends. Discover fascinating findings of dendrochronology, from dating Viking ships to pinpointing a construction date for Green Springs Historic House.
Winter Lecture:Amazing Plants for Shade
(Adults) This colorful lecture by Gregg Tepper, director of horticulture at the Delaware Botanic Garden, provides an in-depth look at some amazing shade plants, both native and non-native. Learn about shade and about the incredible, diverse selection of plants that have adapted to the limitations, as well as advantages, of lower light conditions.