Fall 2020 Literary Series: Biweekly Webinars - Ben Lenhardt

Fall 2020 Literary Series: Biweekly Webinars - Ben Lenhardt

In Gardens of the North Shore of Chicago, avid gardener and preservationist Benjamin Lenhardt explores the rich tradition of gardening along the shore of Lake Michigan from Evanston to Lake Bluff, including the well-known towns of Winnetka, Highland Park, and Lake Forest. This new book offers an insider's glimpse at the creativity, diversity, and beauty of these gardens, showcasing a region not often publicized for its landscaping talents, but rich with extraordinary examples.

Gardens of the North Shore of Chicago (Monacelli Press, October 20, 2020) features 25 private gardens—many published here for this first time—organized by design into four thematic chapters: Classic, Contemporary, Country, and Naturalistic. Engaging descriptions based on detailed interviews with the garden owners provide personal and historical context and background about the properties and their designers. More than 225 lush photographs by noted landscape photographer Scott Shigley create a rich visual narrative.

A book about outstanding gardens on Chicago’s North Shore would not be complete without the Chicago Botanic Garden. The last garden highlighted in the book, the Botanic Garden has inspired many of the featured gardeners and has contributed to the high quality of private gardens on the North Shore. With a foreword by Barbara Whitney Carr, former president and chief executive officer of the Chicago Botanic Garden, and an introduction by Lenhardt surveying the history of the North Shore, this new book is a must for Chicago and Midwest residents, as well as garden enthusiasts and professionals worldwide.

Documenting gardens is one of the best forms of preservation. All the royalties from the publication of Gardens of the North Shore of Chicago will go to the Garden Conservancy to support our mission to preserve, share, and celebrate America's gardens and diverse gardening traditions.

Join us for this webinar, the third in the Garden Conservancy's Fall 2020 Literary Series of biweekly webinars, as Ben Lenhardt discusses his new book and the gardens it includes. 

This session is presented in partnership with the Chicago Botanic Garden

3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time / 2 p.m. Central Daylight Time

Live on Zoom

Registration for this webinar has ended. We will send a link to the recording of the event to all registrants a few days after the webinar. If you have registered for this webinar, but are unable to attend, we will send you a link to the recording when it is available.

To order copies of Ben's book at a discount, please visit monacellipress.com and use the discount code FALL2020 when checking out.


Benjamin F. Lenhardt, Jr. began gardening in the Carolinas when he was young and over the last thirty years has gardened passionately in different climates in Winnetka, Illinois, and Charleston, South Carolina. Following a successful investment management career, he has concentrated on gardening and historic preservation. Lenhardt served for seven years as chairman of the Garden Conservancy, where he continues as chairman emeritus, and is a board member of the Chicago Botanic Garden, the Shedd Aquarium, and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago and Drayton Hall Preservation Trust, Preservation Society of Charleston, and Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston.

Scott Shigley has photographed the gardens and landscapes of prominent landscape architects, including Michael Van Valkenburgh, Doug Hoerr, Stephen Stimson, and Craig Bergmann. In addition to residential gardens, his landscape portfolio features parks, public gardens, and cultural institutions from coast to coast. Shigley's photographs are regularly published in national and regional design publications.

The Fall 2020 Literary Series is made possible in part by generous support from the Coleman and Susan Burke Distinguished Lecture Fund, the Lenhardt Education Fund, and the Celia Hegyi Matching Grant, with additional support from Ritchie Battle, Mrs. Camille Butrus, Melissa and John Ceriale, and Susan and William McKinley.

Special thanks to Ben Lenhardt for donating all royalties from his book to the Garden Conservancy.