19th Annual Winter Lecture Series: The Education of a Gardener: All Three Sections
There are many points of entry into the gardening life. For some it begins in childhood; some come to it through other disciplines. Three distinguished and passionate practitioners share their philosophies, their stories, and the lessons they have learned along the way.

All three sections:

A Life in Gardening with Martha Stewart January 31
" I think I may be a better person for having given serious time and thought and effort to gardening."

Martha Stewart's lifelong love of gardening began as she planted alongside her father in their backyard family plots. Those early lessons, along with the advice she's gleaned from master gardeners and plantsmen, and her extensive travels to historic gardens around the world—all form the foundation of her development as a serious gardener. Her wide-ranging, thoughtful approach to design, planting, sustainability, and landscape can be seen in the spectacular yet diverse gardens she has created, which include Turkey Hill in Connecticut, the historic Skylands on Maine's Mount Desert Island, and the 150-acre Cantitoe Farm in Katonah, New York. Entrepreneur, best-selling author, and Emmy Awardwinning television host Martha Stewart has gained success through her many ventures in publishing, broadcasting, merchandising, and e-commerce. She is the founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, and has written 90 books—most recently Martha's Flowers: A Practical Guide to Growing, Gathering, and Enjoying—co-authored with Kevin Sharkey, who will be joining Martha for a moderated conversation following her talk.

The Thoughtful Gardener with Jinny Blom February 28
" The landscapes we make outlast us by many years therefore they must be dignified with thought and love."

Self-taught, and with a lifelong interest in natural landscapes, gardens, and architecture, Jinny Blom launched her landscape design practice in 2000 after 20 years as a psychologist. Today, she is one of the U.K.'s leading landscape gardeners—celebrated for her skill with plants, her spatial understanding, and an ability to create gardens that respond to the history of a site and its wider landscape. In formal walled spaces and contemporary installations, in town gardens and vast country estates, Blom pushes creative boundaries, incorporating unexpected design elements and a wide variety of styles. With hundreds of gardens worldwide to her credit, Jinny Blom is celebrated internationally for her innovative and uniquely thoughtful work. A frequent contributor to U.K. and U.S. gardening and lifestyle publications, she is author of the bestselling The Thoughtful Gardener, An intelligent approach to garden design. Blom has designed five award winning gardens for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, winning Gold in 2007.

A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach March 28
" I garden because I cannot help myself."

Called back to her childhood home at age 25 to care for an ailing widowed parent, Margaret Roach sought refuge in self-prescribed backyard horticultural-therapy experiments. Thirty years ago she dug up her young Sciadopitys from that first foray, to transplant at the overgrown place she bought in the Hudson Valley, where she lives fulltime. There, the birds taught her to truly garden, offering a window into natural sciences and organic practices, and she strives to create a 365-day garden to sustain them—and herself. The 2.3-acre place juxtaposes habitat-style and collector plantings, the latter emphasizing foliage, including much that is large or gold. After stints as garden editor at Martha Stewart Living and Newsday, Margaret Roach now creates the nationally acclaimed website A Way to Garden and its companion public radio show-podcast, where she shares her deep garden knowledge and the unique approach she describes as "horticultural how-to and woo-hoo." Roach has authored three books—her first, also titled A Way to Garden, is being released as an all-new 21st-anniversary edition in spring 2019.

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