AHS Lifelong Learning Educational Sessions

The American Horticultural Society conducts 50 educational programs each year with select speakers, topics, and formats to feature perspectives from regions and lenses as diverse as America’s gardeners. The Lifelong Learning Educational Sessions address five plant-driven learning areas: science, design, culture, health, and industry. All areas integrate objectives for learning about plant materials and selection, approaches and techniques, and cultivation and maintenance. Program formats include workshops, classes, conversations, talks, tours, and gatherings.

The programs are open to the public and approachable for all learning levels. AHS members receive discounts on registration. Not a member and would like to join? You can sign-up here.

Reminder: To ensure you receive program registration confirmation and details, mark “programs@ahsgardening.org” as a safe sender and monitor your spam folder. While we book speakers in advance, emergencies may occur, and the schedule is subject to change.

Our Lifelong Learning Educational Sessions are open to program proposals and sponsorships! For speakers and instructors, please submit your program proposals here. For those interested in sponsoring programs, please email programs@ahsgardening.org.


Date Location Title Presenter
March 11 Virtual The Personal, Ecological, and Cultural Significance of Seeds Jennifer Jewell
April 3 Virtual A World of Discovery: How Science and Heart Can Make You a More Ecological Gardener Nancy Lawson
April 8 Phoenix, AZ Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Desert Botanical Garden Tina Wilson
April 12 Virtual Garden Design: Color, Texture, Shapes, and Layers Cheryl Salatino
April 17 Virtual Revisiting Liberty Hyde Bailey’s Nature-Study Idea in the Era of Climate Change John Linstrom
April 26 Virtual Building Community in the Herb Garden Kelly Fernandez
May 3 Virtual Clever Design Tips for Everblooming, Low-Maintenance Gardens Kerry Mendez
May 6 River Farm Behind-the-Scenes Tour: River Farm Tammy Burke
May 22 Virtual Designing for Nature Edwina von Gal & Toshi Yano
May 31 Virtual Inspired Garden Design Lessons from Magnificent Gardens Kerry Mendez



Date Location Title Presenter
June 7 Seattle, WA Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Washington Park Arboretum Raymond Larson
June 11 Columbus, OH Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Karin Noecker
June 14 Virtual Foggy Bottom – A Garden to Share Adrian Bloom
June 22 Glen Echo, MD Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Private Maryland Gardens Holly Shimizu, Osamu Shimizu, Barbara Katz
July 19 Virtual Designing Meadows and Naturalized Landscapes Kathy Connolly
July 25 Virtual Benefits of Native Grasses Mary Hockenberry Meyer
July 26 Alexandria, VA Plant-Based Cosmetics Elodie Cally
August 1 Virtual Ecological Horticultural Techniques Anna Fialkoff
August 8 Virtual Sustainable Gardens in a Changing Climate: Adapting Practices for Resilience Angelica Patterson