Third Annual Winter Lecture Series entitled

“Across the Pond: The Botanical Exchange between the Old and New Worlds”

 Title Sponsor: Santa Fean Magazine

Take a voyage of discovery back and forth across the Atlantic.  The eyes of the New World looked back to the plants and garden traditions of the Old World, while the European botanists and plant collectors turned their gaze westward coveting the diverse and exotic plants found only in America.

Brothers of the Spade

With Bonnie Joseph

Did you know that many of the plants and trees that still grace legendary English gardens in the 21st century came from North America?  Explore the botanical fellowship that flowered between England and her North American colonies during the 18th century.

Bonnie Joseph received a BA in History from College Misericordia, Dallas, PA in 1964 and a MA in Art History from Temple University in 1991.  She was an adjunct professor of Art History at Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA from 1992-2002. Bonnie has combined her academic background with her love of gardening and garden history to originate the Santa Fe Botanical Garden’s annual winter lecture series.

Honoring John Bartram, America’s First Botanist

With Dr. Thomas Antonio

From the founding of the English colonies plant hunters were active in gathering North American plants and seeds and sending them back to England.  John Bartram sent his famous “Five Guinea Boxes” to English botanists as early as 1734. Bartram’s own botanical garden and his ceaseless plant hunting kept these boxes of seeds and cuttings ever changing and thus fed the English botanical hunger for New World plants.

Dr. Thomas Antonio studied Botany at Miami University in Oxford, OH and received his PhD. in Plant Systematics at the University of Oklahoma.  He has taught college botany courses for 15 years and is currently a faculty member in the Essential Studies Department at the Institute of American Indian Arts.  Tom has long been involved with the Native Plant Society of New Mexico serving both as President for the Santa Chapter and as a member of the finance committee where he assists with long-range planning for this statewide organization.

Thursday, March 14th – Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden at Monticello: Its Roots in Post-Revolutionary England and Pre-Revolutionary France

With Michael Pulman

Jefferson spent time in England and France after the establishment of the United States and was not impressed by their rulers, but was, on the whole, although unable to resist making typically acerbic negative comments, impressed by their gardens, particularly those he visited in England. Even so, he returned home with a truly revolutionary idea: Americans didn’t need to make gardens, they just had to “tweak” what God had given them. We are fortunate to have the result still with us, thanks to superlative recent scholarship and restoration : sublime, incomparable, yet in some ways despicable, Monticello.

Michael Pulman was born and raised in an English family of gardeners and garden visitors.  He encountered his first botanical garden when at boarding school in Oxford.  He has a Ph.D. in English history from UC Berkeley, has conducted study tours involving gardens in England, Belgium, Germany, Austria and Italy, has visited gardens in France, Holland, Spain, Lebanon, Syria, Portugal (including Madeira), India, Australia and New Zealand, taught for a year in Florence, the eponymous City of Flowers and has visited Hampton Court too many times to count since age about twelve.  He lived there, in the Landmark Trust’s Georgian House, for a week in 1997.

New Mexico’s Favorite Landscape Plants for the Last Thousand Years

With Baker Morrow

We have a wealth of landscape design approaches and patterns in the state of New Mexico, beginning with the people of Chaco over a thousand years ago and extending through the Spanish Colonial period (c. 1540 to 1821), the Mexican period (1821 to 1843), the US Territorial period (1843 to 1912), and the period of Statehood (1912 to about 1962).  Each period has its own landscape plant favorites, and a look at this impressive series of selections gives us a great deal of New Mexican history from a new perspective.

Baker H. Morrow, FASLA, has been a principal of Morrow Reardon Wilkinson Miller, Ltd., Landscape Architects, for the past 39 years.  His office has earned over 110 design awards and citations since 1980. The Journal Center and the Big – I in Albuquerque are among the notable projects of his office, as well as the renovation of Santa Fe Plaza and downtown Artesia, New Mexico.

Mr. Morrow is the founder of the Master of Landscape Architecture Program at UNM’s School of Architecture and Planning, where he currently serves as the University’s first Professor of Practice.  A third-generation New Mexican, he is the author of Best Plants for New Mexico Gardens and Landscapes and the co-editor of Canyon Gardens: The Ancient Pueblo Landscapes of the American Southwest.  His most recent book is Cabeza de Vaca’s The South American Expeditions, 1540-1545, for which he was the translator.

In 2001, Mr. Morrow became the first native New Mexican to be elected a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects.  He was the recipient of the Stewart Udall Cultural Landscape Preservation Award from the New Mexico Heritage Preservation Alliance in 2008.

 Our 201120122013, 2014, & 2015 Winter Lecture Series were very popular and we thank all of the members, volunteers, and supporters who made it possible.