Jenny Elder Fitch Memorial Lectures

 

Coming this fall:
What we Sow in Cultivating our Places – How a Garden Culture of Care Grows Places and their People
with Jennifer Jewell, Author, Writer and Producer, Creator of Cultivating Place
Sunday, November 3, 2024, 5:30 – 6:45 p.m., followed by a reception and book-signing. Free, preregistration required

Jewell will explore the philosophy of Cultivating Place, her national, award-winning public radio program and international podcast, based on the belief that gardens and gardeners are powerful agents and spaces for potentially positive change in our world, helping to address challenges as wide ranging as climate change, habitat loss, cultural polarization, and individual communal health and being.

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2023

Nancy Lawson, author and Master Naturalist, Founder of The Humane Gardener, LLC
A World of Discovery: How Science and Heart Can Make You a More Ecological Gardener

2022

Viginia Nazarea, author and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Anthropology, University of Georgia
Moveable Gardens and Commensal Tables: Rooting in an Age of Displacement 

2021

Bland Simpson, UNC Kenan Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing, author, and musician
North Carolina: Land of Water, Land of Sky
View recording.

2020

Ira Wallace, seed saver, owner of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, and author
Heirloom Seeds – Saving Stories, Preserving Biodiversity
View recording.

2019

Benjamin Vogt, author and owner of Monarch Gardens
The New Garden Ethic: Cultivating Defiant Compassion for an Uncertain Future

2018

Brie Arthur, author and horticulturalist
The Foodscape Revolution

2017

Teri Dunn Chace, author and editor
Seeing Seeds: A Journey into the World of Seedheads, Pods and Fruit

2016

Thomas Rainer, landscape architect and author
Planting Design in a Post-Wild World

2015

Doug Tallamy, author, conservationist, and professor of entomology and wildlife ecology, University of Delaware
Rick Darke
, landscape design consultant, author, and photographer
The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden

2014

Andrea Wulf, New York Times bestselling author
The Brother Gardeners: Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession

2013

Peter Hatch, gardener, lecturer, and author
Thomas Jefferson, Gardener

2012

Catherine Zimmerman, filmmaker, landscape designer, and author
Meadowscaping: A Recipe for Restoring Native Habitat

2011

Gregg Tepper, horticulturist
The Sensory Appeal of Native Plants

2010

Michael McConkey, horticulturist
Native Edibles for an Edible Landscape

2009

Doug Tallamy, wildlife ecologist
Bringing Nature Home

2008

Emily Herring Wilson, author and biographer
The Love of Gardening—the Legacy of Elizabeth Lawrence

2007

Pam Beck, garden writer, designer, and photographer
Winter Interest in the Landscape

2006

William Cullina, New England Wildflower Society
Fifty (But Who’s Counting) Great Native Plants for the Southeast

2005

Darrel Morrison, landscape architect
Landscapes of Time and Place

2004

Rick Darke, landscape design consultant, author, and photographer
Learning from a Woodland Stream

2003

Neil Diboll, president, Prairie Nursery, Westfield, Wisconsin
Creating Meadows for Birds, Butterflies and People

2002

Rosemary Gladstar, herbalist, author, and conservationist
Planting the Future — Saving People by Saving Plants

2001

Janet Marinelli, director of publishing, Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Gardens that Act Like Nature: Garden Design in An Age of Extinction

2000

No lecture presented

1999

Rosemary Verey, plantswoman and author