Gardens and Landscapes in the Age of Washington and Now

Learn how George Washington and his contemporaries shaped the natural world to achieve beauty through gardening and how their methods remain relevant today. Lectures highlight the gardens and landscapes of Mount Vernon, Middleton Place, Lafayette’s La Grange, and Hampton Court. In-person and virtual attendance options are available. Limited tickets remain for the in-person event.

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Light: Installations by Bruce Munro at Longwood Gardens

Light: Installations by Bruce Munro is on view June 30–October 30, Thursday through Sunday evenings from 6–11 pm. Light features eight works in both indoor and outdoor locations throughout the Gardens chosen by Munro to showcase his immersive, large-scale, light-based installations. The exhibition can be viewed beginning at dusk. Special tickets are required beginning at 5 pm (June 30-August 28) and at 4 pm (September 1-October 30). Members require free timed reservations if arriving after 3 pm on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from June 30 through October 30. Admission is $35 for adults (ages 19+); $32 for college students and seniors; $19 for youth (ages 5–18), and free for ages 4 and under.

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Philadelphia Flower Show

Welcome to the 2022 Flower Show’s “In Full Bloom”
Chosen to showcase how the beauty in nature restores all of us, “In Full Bloom” welcomes all on a journey to explore the restorative and healing power of nature and plants. This year’s theme promotes good health, positive well-being, and a passion for life that culminates in a gorgeous and colorful spectacle.

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Maryland Home & Garden Show

Each Spring our gardens share a creative theme used to inspire our landscape designers. Our upcoming Spring theme will be The Painted Garden! Enjoy the creativity of each landscaper as they create gardens that interpret the theme while also showcasing the work they can do at your home. Our professionally landscaped gardens are always a popular feature at the show and updating our homes on the outside is now more important than ever! AHS members can present their card to receive a $2 discount off the admission price.

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New Directions in the American Landscape – 33rd Annual Landscape Symposium (virtual)

Landscape designers who successfully employ an ecology-based approach typically draw from a variety of sources. The inextricable link between people and ecology only increases the need to broaden the investigative lens. Join us as we explore the integration of “ecology-based” design with “people-based” factors, including the lingering effects of historic land use and the need to accommodate diverse cultural perspectives on the meaning of “ecology”. Program details and registration coming in late November.

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Plant symbiosis: The good, the bad, and the complicated (The 18th Smithsonian Botanical Symposium), virtual

Plants, like all organisms, exist in collaboration and competition with other life forms. As primary producers, plants form the basis of most food webs. In many cases they also depend on insects, vertebrate animals, bacteria, and/or fungi to survive and reproduce. Sometimes these interactions are especially close and long lasting and such symbioses are among the most fascinating relationships in the natural world. The 18th Smithsonian Botanical Symposium will explore current research in the diversity of plant symbioses, examining the relationships plants have with insects, fungi, bacteria, and even other plants. Speakers will include botanists, ecologists, microbiologists, and geneticists whose research unravels the complicated relationships that plants have with their collaborators and competitors in the natural world.

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Floral Design In The French Manner

Instructor Laura Anne Brooks explores Pavé, Mil-fleur, Romantic and Modern European designs through lecture and demonstration. Participants then create a charming design in the French manner of their choice. Students are encouraged to try contemporary styles, but may choose Pavé or Mil-fleur to take home. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond, VA 23228, (804) 262-9887.

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Composting 101

Do you want to start composting but do not know where to begin? Confused about what can and cannot go in the bin? This class is for you! Composting is a wonderful way to turn kitchen scraps and yard waste into a resource for your yard. Learn the basics about acquiring and setting up a composter, discuss different composting options, and what can and cannot be composted. Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, 799 Pinkerton Run Road, Oakdale, PA 15071, (412) 444-4464.

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The Curious World of Carnivorous Plants

Join us for a fascinating lecture on these unique and endangered oddities of the plant kingdom and learn their importance to our environment. This program is designed to provide an overview of how these plants function and how we can incorporate them into our lives and gardens as natural, integrated pest managers. Topics include the different species, their habits, digestive and growth process, care, maintenance and more! Greenwood Gardens, The Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue Cranford, NJ 07016, (973) 258-4026.

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Butterfly Gardening 101 (Beginner-friendly session)

Discover how to attract butterflies to your garden year after year. Learn about host plants, nectar plants, butterfly life cycles, and migration. Each family will receive a $5 gift certificate to Gateway Garden Center to add to or start a container or butterfly garden. The Delaware Center for Horticulture, 1810 North Dupont Street, Wilmington, DE 19806, (302) 658-6262.

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