Rocky Hills Lecture Series: Heroes of Horticulture

Rocky Hills Lecture Series: Heroes of Horticulture

Westchester Community College

Thu, Oct 25 
7:00 PM

In this discussion, Barbara Paul Robinson discusses her latest book, Heroes of Horticulture: Americans Who Transformed the Landscape, which details 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 three chapters of the book profile Frank Cabot, Tom Armstrong, and Antonia Adezio, who worked together to establish the Garden Conservancy nearly 30 years ago. This lecture will be followed by a book-signing.

Wednesday, October 25
7:00 p.m.

Westcheter Community College
75 Grasslands Road
Valhalla, NY 10595

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 18th 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 the garden structures while opening the landscape to give her new canvases to “paint” upon. 

Her first book, Rosemary Verey: The Life and Lessons of a Legendary Gardener. She is a frequent speaker for horticultural organizations and garden clubs. Barbara is also a director emerita of Wave Hill and the Garden Conservancy and a former board member of Stonecrop Gardens.