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Livestream 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 HillwoodRegistered users recieved an email with the Zoom login information this morning. If you are registered, but do not have the link to join, please contact

Kate 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 highlights the book’s themes, illustrated by stunning new photography.

A Garden for All Seasons is available in hardcover and paperback from the museum shop. In store pickup is available, as is flat-rate domestic shipping. If you would like your book signed or personalized, please include your preferred inscription in the order "notes" section


This virtual lecture is presented live via Zoom. The online "waiting room" opens at 6 p.m., and the lecture will begin at 6:30  p.m. Participants can submit questions via the chat feature.

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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 was 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