February 1, 2019

NYBG's Winter Lecture Series: The Education of a Gardener

Although we still have several weeks of winter ahead, it’s never too early to start thinking about gardening - I can’t wait until the next growing season.

Yesterday, I spoke about my love for gardening at the New York Botanical Garden, which announced last week its year of #plantlove programming. I was invited as a speaker for the Garden’s 19th Annual Winter Lecture Series: The Education of a Gardener. The event was held in the Arthur and Janet Ross Gallery and Lecture Hall - more than 430-guests were in attendance. I talked about the lessons I learned as a child while tending my family’s garden with my father. I shared my thoughts on garden design, planting and sustainability. And I presented a collection of photos from my own gardens - at Turkey Hill, my previous home in Westport, Connecticut, at Skylands in Maine, at Lily Pond in East Hampton, and of course, at my farm in Bedford. Following the lecture, I conducted a book signing with EVP Design Director at Sequential Brands Group, Kevin Sharkey, for our book, “Martha’s Flowers: A Practical Guide to Growing, Gathering, and Enjoying”. It was a full and most enjoyable morning.

Here are some photos.