Lecture Series

The Sustainability Series

The Santa Fe Botanical Garden Sustainability Series focuses on fostering sustainable practices in Northern New Mexico. Our Sustainability Series this year will take place in April in celebration of the month of Earth Day. Our educational programs within the Sustainability Series are below.

The Coyote’s Biography

Thursday, April 18th, 2019 from 3:00 PM- 4:30 PM

  • More information and registration can be found here.

Native Bees: Getting to Know Them & How to Welcome Them Into Your Yard

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 from 1:00 PM- 3:00 PM

  • More information and registration can be found here.

Plants for the Santa Fe Area

Saturday, April 27th from 1:00 PM- 4:30 PM

  • More information and registration can be found here.

Fall/Winter Lecture Series

Garden Visions: Individuals’ Ideas and Dreams

This season’s lecture series addresses the stories, ideas, and thoughts behind our most beloved gardens. You will hear from a variety of garden designers, planners, and plant enthusiasts about how they have cultivated the gardens that are loved and cherished by many. Gardens will be highlighted from around the world in this series focusing on what drives us to create beauty.

Cost: $5 Member/$10 Not-yet-Member

Registration in advance recommended.

Intentional Landscapes: The Contained and the Wild

Thursday, March 14th, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Our second to last lecture of this season’s lecture series is a talk from Kenneth Francis from Surroundings in Santa Fe, NM. Kenneth will guide us through a variety of landscapes and recognizable Santa Fe projects, from the more regimented, formal landscapes to the intentionally wild, seemingly natural, and complex ones.

  • More information and registration can be found here.

Gardens of Beauty: African-American Gardens and Yards in the Rural South

Thursday, April 11th from 3:00 PM- 4:30 PM

From jazz, to hip-hop, to soul food, to fashion, African-Americans are known internationally for their creative cultural and improvised style. Often overlooked are their artistic contributions to horticulture via garden design. In this lecture we will cover 600 years of history from pre-colonial Africa to today, dissecting the evolution and elements of this unique art form.

  • More information and registration can be found here.

Past Lectures

The Story Behind Baca Railyard District and Opuntia Cafe

Thursday, September 13th, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

We begin with the story behind the new Baca Railyard District, home of Opuntia Cafe, with Solange Serquis. Solange is an advocate of healing gardens and believes successful designs should engage the environment, have fluency among history, landforms and architecture, and express rhythm with textures and interest among the seasons.

  • More information and registration can be found here.

Building a Garden from the Ground Up: The Story Behind the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Thursday, October 11th, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Next, experience Pittsburgh Botanic Garden with Alex Speyer, board member of the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Pittsburgh Botanical Garden was created out of a site that had been both deep mined and striped mined for coal, and has now become a world-class outdoor garden for the Pittsburgh area.

  • More information and registration can be found here.

The Friendships That Made The Gardens of Sissinghurst, Monk’s House, and Charleston

Thursday, November 8th, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

This lecture will feature English Gardens with Polly Jones. Through the friendships and stories shared about Vita Sackville-West, Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell,  we will learn how cherished plants from the classic English garden can translate to Santa Fe’s unique climate.

  • More information and registration can be found here.

SOLD OUT: Ninfa and La Foce: A Garden Duet

Thursday, February 14th, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

On Valentine’s Day we will explore romantic Italian gardens with Bonnie Joseph and Susan Williams. Ninfa and La Foce: A Garden Duet, will be an exquisite way to “armchair” travel to Italy and explore two beloved gardens.

  • More information and registration can be found here.

We hope to see you this year for this excellent roster of lecturers. We always appreciate your support, and look forward to a wonderful 2018/19 lecture series. Please email or call Shawna Jones if you have any questions at Shawna@santafebotanicalgarden.org, or 505-471-9103.