Adkins Arboretum to Host Speaker Series

Learn about gardening with global implications, lawn alternative,and the story of the gardening revolution in Adkins Arboretum’s three-part speaker series, held at the Arboretum Visitor’s Center. Talks include:

Global Gardening—Living Gracefully on Our Planet
Friday, April 9, 5– 6 p.m. with a reception to follow
Fee: $8 members, $10 general public
In this lecture, Arboretum Executive Director Ellie Altman expands the definition of gardening to embrace agriculture, stormwater management, ecological restoration, land development and wildlife habitat protection to inspire the adoption of a land ethic for better human habitat. While the heightened awareness of mankind’s impact on the planet emphasizes loss and deterioration, Altman makes the case for turning the focus toward nature’s resilience and humans’ desire to understand and celebrate nature.

Altman holds graduate degrees in landscape architecture and education from North Carolina State University and the University of Michigan. She has served as the Arboretum’s executive director since 1997. Her talk will conclude with a virtual tour through the seasons at the Arboretum.

Beyond the Grass Ceiling: Less Lawn, More Natives
Saturday, April 10, 1–2:30 p.m.
Fee: $15 members, $18 general public
Americans spend much money, energy and time in pursuit of the perfect front-yard lawn. But there is life beyond a green monoculture. Learn how Nancy Beaubaire created a beautiful, biologically diverse, and socially acceptable front landscape with native plants. Now four years old, the garden abounds with birds, butterflies and other pollinators. This lawn alternative provides ideas for your own front yard.

Beaubaire, a horticulture professional and avid home gardener, holds an M.S. in horticulture and has worked in horticultural communications as an editor, writer, publicist, public speaker, teacher and photographer. Currently she is director of communications at Bowman’s Hill Wildlife Preserve.

The Brother Gardeners: Botany, Empire, and the Birth of an Obsession
Tuesday, May 4, 4–5 p.m. with a reception to follow
Fee: $15 members, $18 general public
In this beautifully illustrated talk, Andrea Wulf tells the tale of a small group of 18th-century naturalists that made England a nation of gardeners. It’s the story of a garden revolution that began in America when the farmer John Bartram sent hundreds of boxes filled with seeds that would forever transform the English landscape. The talk explores the botanical passions, obsessions, friendships and squabbles that knitted together the lives of six men who changed the world of gardening and botany.

Pre-registration is required for all programs. Register online at, call 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or e-mail info@adkinsarboretum.

Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages about nature and gardening. Through its Campaign to Build a Green Legacy, the Arboretum will build a new LEED-certified Arboretum Center and entranceway to broaden educational offerings and research initiatives promoting best practices in conservation and land stewardship. For additional information about Arboretum programs, visit or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.