About the Speaker
Ian Simpkins is Chief Horticulturist at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. He holds a B.S. in Horticulture from NC State University, and his tenure in public horticulture covers almost 20 years and 5 hardiness zones. He is responsible for developing and overseeing the Museum’s horticulture and urban agriculture programs, including restoration and interpretation of the gardens and natural areas. Prior to his appointment at Vizcaya in June 2007, Mr. Simpkins held the position of Executive Director at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Philadelphia. He has served on the boards of the Tropical Arborist Guild, Greater Philadephia Gardens, is a recipient of the Chanticleer Foundation and JC Raulston Fellowships, and is currently Vice Chair of the Historic Landscapes Section of the American Public Gardens Association and serves on the Horticulture Advisory Committee of The Kampong, National Tropical Botanic Garden.
About the Great Homes and Gardens Lecture Series
Escape February's chill and immerse yourself in the stories of luscious garden estates.
Engage with people and ideas through programs that explore historic themes with contemporary thinkers. Encounter works of art up close in the intimate and personalized spaces of Hillwood’s Mansion and Gardens during gallery talks.
Delve deeper into intriguing topics of art, fashion, design, and history with Hillwood’s curators, horticulturists, staff, distinguished experts, and international scholars, at study days, lectures and book talks.
Membership at Hillwood offers more than free access to the estate and a Museum Shop discount. Members enjoy advanced reservations and discounts on programs and lectures, private receptions, and special member only events such as exhibition openings, tours, and field trips. Join the Hillwood community today!