Elizabeth Gross Lecture Series

The Elizabeth Gross Lecture Series, begun in 2011, is a new annual horticultural series made possible through a bequest received by the Ulster Garden Club from long-term club member and Kingston resident, Mrs. Elizabeth Gross. Sponsored by the Ulster Community College Foundation, Inc., these lectures are open to the public.


2015 Guest Lecturer

Carol Gracie

Carol Gracie


Ulster Community College Foundation, Inc.
presents
The Elizabeth Gross Lecture Series

Sponsored by the Ulster Garden Club

The Natural History of Spring Wildflowers:
A Closer Look

featuring
Carol Gracie
Freelance photographer, lecturer & writer.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
2:00 p.m.
College Lounge

Carol Gracie will address life histories of some favorite spring wildflowers and the interaction of pollinators and seed dispersers. Retired from The New York Botanical Garden, Ms. Gracie has made dozens of trips to South and Central America as a tour leader and for botanical collecting expeditions, resulting in five newly discovered tropical plant species named for her. Returning to her earlier interest in local flora, she is the photographer and co-author of Wildflowers in the Field and Forest: A Field Guide to the Northeastern United States.

Her latest book is Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast: A Natural History.

For reservations, contact the Foundation office at (845) 687-5283.

A book signing and afternoon tea will follow the lecture. Books will be available for purchase at the event. 


Previous Elizabeth Gross Lecture Series


2014 Guest Lecturer

Stephen Fitzgerald Byrns

photo of Stephen Byrns

The Ulster Garden Club 
presents 
The Elizabeth Gross Lecture Series 
featuring 
Stephen Fitzgerald Byrns

From America’s Most Spectacular Garden to Greatest Forgotten Garden

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 
2:00 p.m. 
College Lounge

An award winning architect, Stephen Fitzgerald Byrns, a partner at BKSK Architects, LLP, will address the history of the Untermyer Gardens and inform the community of the upcoming plans for the site.

A historic 43-acre property that was called “America’s Most Spectacular Garden in the 1920’s,” Untermyer Park and Gardens is situated in Yonkers on a hillside above the Hudson River.

For reservations, contact the Foundation office at (845) 687-5283.

An afternoon tea will follow the lecture.


2013: Darrel Morrison,  landscape design expert

photo of Darrel Morrison

Landscape Design as Ecological Art

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 
2:00 p.m. 
College Lounge, Vanderlyn Hall

Professor and Dean Emeritus at the University of Georgia College of Environment and Design, 
Darrel Morrison is also currently an adjunct faculty member at Columbia University in the Master of Science in Landscape Design degree program.

As a landscape design expert he recently wrote a new introduction to the classic book “American Plants for American Gardens” by Edith Roberts and Elsa Rehmann originally published in 1929.

The Ulster Garden Club with Darrel Morrison

At the event with Darrel Morrison (center) from left to right are: Marian McCorkle-Beckerman, Ulster Garden Club president; Nan Berger, chairman of the Garden Club of America (Zone 111); Kathleen Cloonan, Ulster Garden Club member and member of the Ulster Community College Foundation Board of Directors, and Kathy Strader, director of the Garden Club of America (Zone 111).

For more information call the Foundation office at 845-687-5283.


 

2012: Patrick Cullina, Celebrated Horticulturist

Patrick CullinaFormer Vice President of Horticulture & Park Operations for Friends of the High Line, Patrick Cullina is a highly regarded horticulturist, lecturer and photographer renowned for his work in public horticulture. His contributions in design and plant selection for the elevated landscape of New York City's High Line Park demonstrate a new urban perspective on human interaction with nature in contemporary society.

 

2011: Dr. Joan Dye Gusso

Dr. Joan Dye Gusso

Noted author and Professor Emerita of Teacher's College, Columbia University.

 

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