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Great Homes and Gardens Lecture Series

Escape February’s dreariness and immerse yourself in the stories of extraordinary homes, lush gardens, and the people who brought them to life in this four-part lecture series.

Visitors can attend and ask questions whether they choose to come in person or join the livestream from the comfort of home; questions will be taken from all locations.

This year's speakers will be:

Nick McCullough, author of American Roots: Lessons and Inspiration from the Designers Reimagining Our Home Gardens

Marta McDowell and Larry Lederman, authors of Du Pont Gardens of the Brandywine Valley 

Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason, authors of AphroChic: Celebrating the Legacy of the Black Family Home

Victoria Kastner, author of Julia Morgan: An Intimate Biography of the Trailblazing Architect


Date Range

Upcoming Events

This lecture will take you on a journey across the US, taking a closer look at gardens that designer Nick McCullough captured on his quest to celebrate the American garden in his new book American Roots.

Tuesday 6 February - 5:30 to 8:00pm

Join Marta McDowell and Larry Lederman for this lecture exploring Du Pont Gardens of the Brandywine Valley, highlighting Lederman’s vivid photographs and McDowell’s insightful and interesting stories of the history of the gardens.

Thursday 15 February - 5:30 to 8:00pm

Join Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason in a moderated conversation featuring visuals from APHROCHIC, unpacking the historical context, aesthetics, and the role of identity and cultural preservation through the Black Family Home.

Thursday 22 February - 5:30 to 8:00pm

Join architectural historian Victoria Kastner for this lecture about her new book, Julia Morgan: An Intimate Biography of the Trailblazing Architect, which provides the first in-depth look at the life of Hearst Castle’s pioneering woman architect.

Tuesday 27 February - 5:30 to 8:00pm