2021 Horticultural Lectures
Malverleys, Making and Maintaining an English Flower Garden
Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 4–5:30PM: Matthew Reese
Malverleys is home to an English Flower Garden that has been created and developed over the last 10 years by head gardener Matthew Reese, together with the owners. Its classical design features complex and dynamic plantings, with York stone paths and yew hedging forming a framework of garden rooms, and deep borders that are home to mixed plantings. Reese introduces us to the experience of building a garden from scratch—laying out its design and plantings and then maintaining it to achieve a naturalistic effect. Event Concluded.
Uprooted: The Untold Story of Japanese American Influence on Our Gardens
Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 4–5:30PM with Eric Hsu
No garden today is untouched by the legacy of Japan’s gardening culture, not only in terms of the plants themselves, but especially the hard graft of Japanese immigrants who put down roots and built successful nurseries and cut-flower farms in the United States. The movement of Japanese plants through Japanese American nurseries and into our lives today is a story of political and economic upheavals, an echo of societal mores, and the perseverance and optimism of the quintessential, American immigrant experience.