Member’s Only New Year’s Party
The Victorians: How They Forever Changed The Garden -- Lecture by Barbara Melera
Barbara Melera is advisor to Harvesting History, a new horticultural company founded in 2016 to provide its customers with the finest quality horticultural and agricultural products available today.
For 13 years, Ms. Melera was president and CEO of The D. Landreth Seed Company, the oldest seedhouse in America, established in 1784 and the fourth oldest US corporation.
Barbara’s talk provides an overview with some interesting vignettes about one of the most exciting periods in the history of horticulture and agriculture. The Victorians used flowers as a non-verbal language and transformed the garden from a symmetric, formal regiment into a frothy disarray of cottage informality. They were mesmerized by the exotic plant material being discovered in the far away jungles of Africa, the dashingly remote valleys of the Himalayan highlands, the plains of the Amazonian rainforest and the arid plateaus of Australia and the Andean Mountains. When it comes to widespread impact on gardening practices, it can be argued that of all the cultures, civilizations, and historic periods, none rivals the 90-year span known as The Victorian Era.
Following Barbara’s talk, please join us for refreshments and make your reservation early, as seats are limited!
Register by January 7. Snow Date Sunday, January 21