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2023 Virtual Lecture Series

Resilient in Nature

January - May 2023

Plants have persevered for over 500 million years on Earth, supporting a healthy planet and instilling resilience within their own nature. Join us for our 5-part virtual lecture series to learn from talented professionals in the gardening community about the many ways resilience inspires their work and helps us understand relationships within gardens and natural spaces. Registration is now open!

Our virtual lecture series offers an opportunity to connect with inspiring professionals in the gardening community throughout the United States and beyond. Each lecture includes a 60-minute presentation on ZOOM followed by a 30-minute Q&A with the presenter. The final lecture in the series offers a local perspective through a joint lecture by Olbrich's horticulture staff on Thursday, May 25, from 7 - 8:30 p.m. CT.

Register for all five lectures and receieve a $10 discount - Register Here!

Check out our best practices tip sheet to ensure you are in tip-top technical shape for the lectures! Olbrich Botanical Gardens is unable to provide technical support during the presentations.

 

Thank You to Our 2023 Presenting Sponsor

Barbara Mathis

 

Saturday, january 28, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. CT

Perennials that Stand Up for Themselves

Dr. Noel Kingsbury

Noel KingsburyLearn how to choose plants for wild or minimal maintenance situations where they have to look after themselves. Join us for an introduction to some basic plant ecology and a close look at some delightfully wild gardens.

Dr. Noel Kingsbury is an internationally celebrated writer, teacher, and co-creator of Garden Masterclass which runs day workshops throughout the British Isles. He is best-known for his promotion of what is broadly called an ecological or naturalistic approach to planting design. Noel has written over 25 books on various aspects of plants and gardens over the years, four of them in collaboration with Dutch designer and plantsman Piet Oudolf.

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$12 - Olbrich Members

$15 - General Public

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Thursday, february 23, 7-8:30 p.m. CT

Foraging for Resilience (and Deliciousness)

Tama Matsuoka Wong

Tama Matsuoka Wong

Tama Matsuoka Wong is a well-known forager, weed eater, and meadow enthusiast. She is the author of the backyard field guide and cookbook Foraged Flavor which was nominated for a James Beard award in 2013. Tama is also the founder of Meadows and More, an organization that works in collaboration with private landowners, organic farmers, and conservation groups to cull invasive and nonnative adventive plants and restore native plants and biodiversity. In 2007 she was named Steward of the Year by the New Jersey Forest Service.

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$15 - General Public

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Thursday, March 23, 7-8:30 p.m. CT

The Invincible Garden Ladies

Abra Lee

Abra Lee

Abra Lee is a storyteller, horticulturist, and author of the forthcoming book Conquer the Soil: Black America and the Untold Stories of Our Country's Gardeners, Farmers, and Growers. She has spent a whole lotta time in the dirt as a municipal arborist and airport landscape manager. Her work has been featured in publications including the New York Times and Fine Gardening. Lee is a graduate of Auburn University College of Agriculture and an alumna of the Longwood Gardens Society of Fellows, a global network of public horticulture professionals.

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$12 - Olbrich Members

$15 - General Public

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Thursday, April 27, 7-8:30 p.m. CT

Attracting Bees and Beneficial Insects with Native Plants

Heather Holm

Heather Holm

Heather Holm is a biologist, pollinator conservationist, and award-winning author. She is the author of four books, two of which have won multiple book awards including the American Horticultural Society Book Award (Bees in 2018 and Wasps in 2022). Heather's expertise includes the interactions between native pollinators and native plants, and the natural history and biology of native bees and predatory wasps. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and other publications.

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$12 - Olbrich Members

$15 - General Public

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Thursday, May 25, 7-8:30 p.m. CT

Resilient in Nature at Olbrich Gardens

Olbrich Botanical Gardens Horticulture Staff

Resilient in Nature Staff LecturePlants have persevered for over 500 million years on Earth, supporting a healthy planet and instilling resilience within their own nature. This lecture offers a local perspective on resilience in nature through a joint lecture by Olbrich's horticulture staff.

$12 - Olbrich Members

$15 - General Public

Register here!

 

Olbrich Botanical Gardens is operated as a public-private partnership between the City of Madison Parks Division and the Olbrich Botanical Society.
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