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.


2014 Guest Lecturer

Stephen Fitzgerald Byrns

photo of Stephen Byrns

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

From America’s Most Spectacular Garden to Greatest Forgotten Garden

Tuesday, April 15, 2012 
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.


Previous Elizabeth Gross Lecture Series

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.