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Lecture: A Garden for All Seasons

Explore the stories behind Hillwood's extraordinary gardens and celebrate the publication of A Garden for All Seasons:  Marjorie Merriweather Post's Hillwood.

Cover of A Garden For All Seasons: Marjorie Merriweather Post's HillwoodKate Markert, author and executive director of Hillwood, delved into the archives to describe Post’s approach to creating this enchanting environment of mansion and gardens.  Photographer Erik Kvalsvik worked with Markert for over two years to photograph the estate in every season, in many different weather conditions and times of day, to illustrate in gorgeous color the result of modern horticulturalists' labors and Post’s original vision. This lecture will be the launch for the book, with highlights from the book’s themes, illustrated by stunning new photography.

EVENT TIMELINE

5:30-6:30 p.m. | Natural Beauties, mansion, gardens, and greenhouse open for self-guided touring
6-6:30 p.m. | Book launch reception
6:30-7:30 p.m. | Lecture
7:30 p.m. | Book signing. A Garden for All Seasons will be available in the museum shop.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Kate Markert is executive director of Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, where, as the result of strategic planning, an exciting special exhibition program, stimulating and relevant public programs and revitalized gardens, the organization has seen over a 50 percent increase in attendance and tripling of the membership. The museum has moved from being a private operating foundation to a public charity. Renovations to the campus have provided more public areas, and there will soon be better spaces for the library and collections storage.  

She has been Director of the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford Connecticut, Associate Director of the Walters Art Museum, and Deputy Director and Acting Director of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Kate is co-author of The Manual of Strategic Planning for Museums, first published in 2007, as well as the revised and expanded edition, The Manual of Strategic Planning for Cultural Institutions, published in April 2017. She holds a Master of Arts in Art History and a Master of Business Administration. Kate chairs the Visiting Committee of Longwood Gardens in 2020 and is a member of the Association of Art Museum Directors and Directors of Large Gardens.  

A Garden for All Seasons:  Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Hillwood will be published in April 2020.
 

 

  • Azaleas in bloom at Hillwood's Four Season Overlook
    Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, photographed by Erik Kvalsvik
  • Hillwood's luscious cutting garden
    Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, photographed by Erik Kvalsvik
  • Hillwood's cutting garden and greenhouse
    Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, photographed by Erik Kvalsvik
  • Plants growing inside Hillwood's greenhouse
    Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, photographed by Erik Kvaslvik