2014 Winter Lectures 2017-01-10T12:02:33+00:00


Focus: Gardens of Influence

Monday, February 3 – Michael Pulman, Downton Abbey: Its Gardens and Landscapes 

Downton Abbey: Its Gardens and Landscapes  Many of the interior scenes were shot at Highclere Castle, one of England’s grandest Stately Homes, that of the Earl and Countess of Caernarvon–which is actually in Hampshire.  Downton Abbey is purported to be located in North Yorkshire.  This presentation will take a look at the gardens at Highclere and some of the most famous gardens and landscapes of the North in their historical context.  These include The Studley Royal with the Ruins of Fountains Abbey Estate, Fountains Hall, Levens Hall and Harewood House, the home of the Crawley family’s most eminent neighbor.

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.

Monday, March 3 – Bonnie Joseph – The Garden Beheld

The Garden Beheld: A History of the Painted Garden from Pompeii to Abiquiu:  Have you ever beheld a glorious garden and felt the impulse to freeze it in time, to capture it? With just one click we have our image!  This same impulse existed over two thousand years when man painted the gardens he beheld on walls and canvas.  Please join me as we explore the world of painted gardens. It is a world where there is often more than meets the eye. A painting of a glorious garden could symbolize wealth, status, love and paradise lost and found.

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.

Monday, April 7 – Georgia O’Keeffe’s Garden

Photo: Peter Weiss

Georgia O’Keeffe is famous for her paintings of flowers and New Mexico landscapes. Did you know she was also an avid gardener? Come learn about O’Keeffe’s personal garden in Abiquiu from Agapita Lopez, O’Keeffe Museum’s Director of Abiquiu Historic Properties and Rights & Reproductions Manager, and Linda Milbourn, Managing Director of the Botanical Garden. These two experts will walk you through O’Keeffe’s garden and discuss an exciting partnership that is developing between the O’Keeffe Museum and the Santa Fe Botanical Garden.


Agapita Judy Lopez, Director of Abiquiu Historic Properties and Rights & Reproductions Manager Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.

Agapita “Pita” Judy Lopez began working with American artist Georgia O’Keeffe in 1974, and became her personal secretary in 1978 until her death on March 6, 1986. A third generation employee, Ms. Lopez’s grandfather and mother also worked for O’Keeffe. In 1986, Pita continued working with the O’Keeffe Estate, and then The Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation as its Secretary. She served as the Foundation’s Executive Director from 1999 to 2006 when she joined the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Currently, as the Director of the O’Keeffe properties at Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch, she oversees the maintenance and preservation of both houses and the seasonal tours offered at the Abiquiu home and studio. In addition, she manages rights and reproduction issues for the Museum. She co-authored the book, Georgia O’Keeffe and Her Houses: Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu with well-known scholar and O’Keeffe expert, Barbara Buhler Lynes released by Abrams, New York.

Linda Milbourn, Managing Director of Santa Fe Botanical Garden

Linda Milbourn relocated to Santa Fe from the San Francisco Bay Area eleven years ago, where she worked in the banking industry as a commercial and construction lender and later in the landscape design and construction field.  She has a BA from Dominican University in San Rafael, CA, and a Certificate in Landscape Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley.   She has been passionate about public gardens for many years.

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