2015 Winter Lectures 2017-01-10T12:01:47+00:00


The Botanical Splendor of the Pacific Rim: Sought after plant treasure and inspiration for the exquisite gardens of Japan and Hawaii

Botanical Gardens of Oahu, Hawaii

By Michael Pulman, PhD

Photo by Heidi Bornhorst

Travel to a warm tropical island in the midst of the Santa Fe winter.
Michael Pulman will guide us through the geologic and geographic characteristics of the Hawaiian Archipelago, with a brief reference to its political and social past.  He will examine the indigenous and exotic flora that have resulted from the fascinating and intertwined geographic and human histories.   He will place a particular emphasis on the collections of the five botanical gardens of Honolulu on the island of Oahu.

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. He will have visited Hawaii twice by February.

An Introduction to Japanese Garden Design

By Mary Burnett de Gomez

Why does the unique beauty of the Japanese garden appeal to so many?

In Mary Burnett de Gomez’s talk, “An Introduction to Japanese Garden Design,” she will discuss the history of the Japanese garden from early garden style influenced by China and Korea to the distinctive classic styles of the Edo period to contemporary Japanese garden style incorporated into design globally.   She will show examples of types of Japanese gardens and discuss the principles of design that make Japanese gardens unique.  Plants appropriate for the New Mexico garden but also characteristic of Japanese gardens will be discussed as well as the care necessary for a Japanese style garden.

Biography:  Mary Burnett de Gomez was born in Munich, Germany and lived during her early years in Europe and the Near East.  She received a BFA in Art from the University of New Mexico and continued in graduate studies in Art History and Cultural Anthropology.  She received a Master’s Certificate from the Ichiyo School of Design in 1997 and has been teaching Ichiyo Ikebana for more than 25 years.  She is currently president of the Albuquerque Chapter of Ichiyo School of Ikebana. She is a Member-At-Large in Ikebana International and past president of Ikebana International-Albuquerque Chapter #41.  Mary is the current president of the Board of Directors of the Japan America Society of NM, Inc. and is an honorary member of the Board of Directors of the NM Japanese American Citizens League.  She is past president of The Friends of the Rio Grande Botanic Garden, now the Albuquerque Bio-Park. Mary’s design business started in 1986 and includes the teaching of ikebana and the design of Japanese style landscapes.  The design of Japanese gardens has taken her to Arizona, Utah and the Netherlands.  Mary has extensive landscape design experience, specializing in Japanese and other Asian design, using xeriscape principles.

Her store, Hanayagi-The Japanese Garden Shop, Inc. evolved into a retail business in 1996 and includes an internet store at www.hanayagi.net.  Hanayagi-The Japanese Garden Shop, Inc. sells garden architectural features, tools, books, gifts, ikebana containers and supplies, bonsai, orchids and other small plants, Japanese art, handmade papers, textiles, ceramics and interior design accents.  The retail store is located 2935-C Louisiana Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110, (505) 291-1177

Mutiny, Murder, and the Greatest Theft of Trade Secrets in the History of Mankind

Satire on Banks titled “The Botanic Macaroni”, by Matthew Darly, 1772. A macaroni was a pejorative term used for a follower of exaggerated continental fashion in the 18th Century

By Bonnie Joseph

Do you think of botanists as kind of nerdy? Well, think again and join us to hear yarns and tales of the early, intrepid plant hunters and their botanical exploits around the Pacific Rim.

The eighteenth and nineteenth centuries were the age of great botanical exploration and the “Indiana Jones”-type plant hunters were determined to find and collect new specimens in spite of all they endured. In their passion for plants, they experienced tropical diseases, ferocious animals, hostile natives and even a mutiny on the famous Bounty! Surviving all of that, they then had to get the plants and themselves home alive on dangerous sea voyages lasting up to three years.

Their legacies are the plants which shaped world knowledge in science, medicine, agriculture and garden design.

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.

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