Hear engaging stories about inspiration and expression in the garden by attending the 2016 horticultural lecture series offered by Wave Hill public garden and cultural center in New York.

Quill Teal-Sullivan will present “Finding My Way: Working Helena’s Gardens at Meadowburn Farm,” the first in a series of three inspirational lectures offered by Wave Hill this year. Photo by: Eric Hsu.

The series kicks off on January 20 with a lecture presented by Quill Teal-Sullivan, the garden manager at Meadowburn Farm, the legacy of renowned writer Helena Rutherfurd Ely, author of A Woman’s Hardy Garden, one of the most influential garden books written by an American woman at the turn of the 20th century. Over the past four years, the six-acre garden has been undergoing extensive rehabilitation. Teal-Sullivan will address the challenges of bringing Ely’s story and the important historic gardens at Meadowburn back to life while finding her own voice and identity as a horticulturalist.

Marta McDowell's lecture "The Pen and the Trowel: Authors, Their Gardens and Mine" explores famous writers who share a passion for gardening. Photo by: Marco Ricca.

On February 18, attend garden writer Marta McDowell's lecture "The Pen and the Trowel: Authors, Their Gardens and Mine." For the past 30 years, McDowell has been fascinated by writers who garden, including Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Beatrix Potter. She will explore the writing-gardening connection using their gardens and her own as examples.

Katherine Tracey will offer tips for using both hardy and tender succulents in northeastern gardens. Photo by: Paul Clancy.

During the final lecture in the series, taking place on March 16, you'll hear writer and lecturer Katherine Tracey, co-owner of Avant Gardens, discuss her love of succulents and novel ways to display them. Tracey will share some of her favorite tips for using both hardy and tender succulents in northeastern gardens, including in mixed planters, vertical gardens, and as long-lasting cut material for floral arrangements.

All the lectures in the series will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the New York School of Interior Design in Manhattan. Seating is limited, so advanced reservations are recommended. You may purchase tickets for individual lectures or the entire three-lecture series. Learn more at www.wavehill.org.

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