Adult Education



Making Beauty Sustainable:

The Charles F. Gillette Forum on Landscape Design

October 23 & 24, 2014

By examining the critical processes of plant ecology and applying them to landscape and planting design, we inspire a dialogue about how to responsibly design, install, and manage the environment to mitigate and slow down climate change.

The 2013 opening of the New York Botanical Garden’s New Native Plant Garden hoisted the ongoing discussion about ecological landscape design and the use of native plants into higher profile.  The 2014 Gillette Forum considers how the principles of ecological design create a network of sustainable, ecological, and regenerative landscapes.

Over an evening and a day, the three designers of the Native Plant Garden approach the modern expression of ecological landscape design through practice, theory, and science: Sheila Brady, principal, Oehme van Sweden & Associates, architect; Travis Beck, author of Principles of Ecological Design, Director of Horticulture for Mt. Cuba Center; and Landscape and Gardens Project Manager at NYBG during the design and construction of the garden; and Thomas Rainer, landscape architect, who worked on the early stages of the project while at Oehme, van Sweden, and author of the blog groundeddesign,com. Friday is framed by Adrian T. Higgins, garden writer, author and a columnist and editor at The Washington Post.

The Charles F. Gillette Forum on Landscape Design honors the legacy of Charles F. Gillette, a leader in the field of landscape architecture, by engaging the public and the design profession in a conversation about the importance of landscape design and the value of Gillette’s ideals of elegance, superb craftsmanship, and seamless blending of architecture and garden.

Travis Beck's appearance is supported by the Mt. Cuba Center, Delaware

See the speaker's biographies here.


This program is registered with the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System for the following:

Thursday: 1.5 HSW hrs. /  Friday: 5.5 HSW hrs

Hours also apply to VSLD, VNLA, Master Gardener, Master Naturalist

Special Two-day discounted rate: Member $110 / Non-Member $134 (includes all Thursday and Friday events).  6.5 hrs.  GES: HL, 6.5, elective.  LACES: 6.5, HSW.  Member rates apply for LGBG, ASLA, VSLD, and VNLA members.

Thursday only: Member $55 / Non-Member $67 (includes social hour, dinner, and program).  1.5 hrs.  GES: HL, 1.5, elective.  LACES: 1.5, HSW.  Member rates apply for LGBG, ASLA, VSLD, and VNLA members.

Friday only: Member $85 / Non-Member $97 (includes morning coffee, lunch and launch event for 'What's Out There Weekend').  5  hrs.  GES: HL, 5, elective.  LACES: 5, HSW.  Member rates apply for LGBG, ASLA, VSLD, and VNLA members.

To register and for more information, click here.


What’s Out There® Virginia

Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26

In conjunction with the Garden’s Gillette Forum, The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s first What’s Out There® Weekend in Virginia will take place in Richmond on October 25 and 26.  What’s Out There Weekend highlights the nation’s rich and diverse landscape heritage through a series of free interpretive tours led by expert guides. The weekend brings to light the unique landscape legacy and local character of Virginia, defined by its publicly accessible parks, gardens, plazas, cemeteries, memorials, and neighborhoods.


Tours are free and open to the public; space is limited.  Registration is now open.


A Day of (Digital) Photography in the Garden - Fall 2015

Gerry Bishop teaching in the Rose Garden, 2013.  Image courtesy of Lynda Richardson

Nationally recognized photographers present a full day of demonstrations, workshops, and lectures for digital SLR enthusiasts.