As part of our mission to save and share outstanding American gardens, we organize and co-sponsor lectures, symposia, Open Days, and garden tours in a range of different locations across the country. Many of the programs are presented in partnership with botanical gardens, our own preservation partners, and other like-minded organizations.

Through these educational programs, we hope to raise public awareness of the important role gardens play in America's cultural and natural heritage.

Please visit All Events for a complete timetable of upcoming attractions.

Here are some of our upcoming educational events:

Andrea Wulf speaks on The Invention of Nature, one of the 10 Best Books of 2015 according to the New York Times, in Berkeley, CA on October 19 and in New York City on November 16. Her book traces the life of visionary German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt and his influence on our present-day understanding of nature.

Find out how guiding natural processes rather than fighting them is the key to creating healthier landscapes and making them a source for environmental change. Larry Weaner's Revolutionary Landscapes will be presented in Washington, DC on November 1.


Internationally acclaimed landscape designer Margie Ruddick and New York Magazine's celebrated design editor Wendy Goodman meet at the crossroads of design, ecology, urban planning, and landscape architecture to explore if we can be Wild by Design. This lively discussion will take place at the 92nd Street Y in New York City on November 3 at 7 pm.


Elizabeth Barlow Rogers introduces us to seven remarkable green spaces in and around New York City, giving us the history—both natural and human—of how they have been transformed over time. Barlow Rogers will speak on The Landscapes of New York at 12 noon on November 3 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City.

The fall workshop of the Garden Conservancy Northwest Network will focus on marketing your organization, including approaches, tactics, budgets, and how to measure the success of your marketing projects. It will be held at Leach Botanical Garden in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday, November 5, 2016, and includes a tour of the Elk Rock Garden at Bishop's Close.


Landscape architect CeCe Haydock discusses eight Roman villas in Edith Wharton's book Italian Villas and their Gardens, first published in 1904. Haydock's illustrated talk, Edith Wharton and the Villas of Rome will be presented at the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen in New York City on the evening of November 10.

SAVE THE DATES of February 25 and 26, 2017, to join us at the Connecticut Flower and Garden Show in Hartford, where we will be presenting two full days of educational programs with preeminent garden speakers.

Please visit All Events for a complete calendar, including Open Days and Digging Deeper events.