Rocky Hills Environmental Lecture: Heroes of Horticulture

Rocky Hills Environmental Lecture: Heroes of Horticulture

Westchester Community College

Thu, Oct 25, 2018
7:00 PM

In this talk, Barbara Paul Robinson will discuss her latest book, Heroes of Horticulture: Americans Who Transformed the Landscape, which chronicles the stories of eighteen iconic pioneers of the plant world— institution builders, plant explorers, and garden creators—who have all had a major impact on the American landscape. Some have helped preserve exceptional gardens for the public to enjoy, while others have restored and enhanced public parks and spaces, setting new standards for aesthetics and encouraging land preservation and promoting public use of the land.

The first section of the book profiles Garden Conservancy founder Frank Cabot, as well as Tom Armstrong and Antonia Adezio, two of the key individuals with whom he established the Garden Conservancy.

Thursday, October 25 
7:00 p.m., followed by book-signing

Westchester Community College - Gateway Center
75 Grasslands Road
Valhalla, NY 10595

Note: Please park in Lot #1. See campus map

This event is free of charge and registration is not required.

While on sabbatical from her professional life as the first woman partner in the leading international law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton, Barbara Paul Robinson worked as a gardener for Rosemary Verey at Barnsley House, Gloucestershire, then for Penelope Hobhouse at Tintinhull, Somerset. She found these experiences to be life transforming. Barbara and her husband, Charles, have since created their own extensive gardens around their eighteenth-century farmhouse in northwestern Connecticut. For more than 40 years they have worked together, Barbara being the hands-in-the-dirt gardener and Charles designing and building garden structures and opening the landscape to give her new canvases to “paint” upon. 

Her first book, Rosemary Verey: The Life and Lessons of a Legendary Gardenerwas published in 2012 by David R. Godine. Barbara is a frequent speaker for horticultural organizations and garden clubs and is also a director emerita of Wave Hill and the Garden Conservancy and a former board member of Stonecrop Gardens.

The Rocky Hills Environmental Lecture honors the legacy of Henriette and William Suhr and the garden they created at Rocky Hills in Mt. Kisco, NY.

This program is presented by the Garden Conservancy, the Native Plant Center of Westchester Community College, and the Westchester Land Trust



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