Location: Visitor Center Theater
This lecture has been rescheduled for March 4, 2014.
This is part of the Great Homes and Gardens Lecture Series.
In the 1880s, America’s millionaires had money to spend, and the acquisition of a grand house with equally grand gardens became their passion. By the turn of the century, and over the next four decades, estate gardens ranging in size from dozens to thousands of acres swept the nation. Eleanor Weller Reade, co-author of The Golden Age of American Gardens: Proud Owners, Private Estates, 1890-1940, presents the social history of some of the nation’s most exquisite gardens and the people around them.
About the Speaker:
Eleanor Weller Reade, a native of Baltimore, grew up and still lives in the historic “My Lady’s Manor" in nearby Monkton. She is the principal at Charlotte’s Web interior design company, founder and chairman of The Archive of American Gardens, a joint project of The Garden Club of America and the Office of Horticulture at the Smithsonian Institution. This important archive consists of more than 30,000 slides maid from original prints, paintings, photographs, drawings, and plans of gardens in America.
About the Great Homes and Gardens Lecture Series:
The winter chill of February means spring is not far behind. Gather inspiration and immerse yourself in the beauty of some of America’s most splendid gardens with this four-part lecture series.
Thursday, February 6: Longwood Gardens—100+ Years of Garden Splendor, by Colvin Randall
Wednesday, February 19: Winterthur: An American House and Garden, by Christopher Strand
Thursday, February 27: Doris Duke’s Shangri La, by Thomas Mellins
Tuesday, March 4: The Golden Age of American Gardens, by Eleanor Weller Reade