Lectures

Learn from noted horticulturists and top industry professionals in our popular JCRA lectures. From new plant introductions, green industry trends, and exotic exploration trips in search of new plants, we cover a variety of timely, cutting edge topics that appeal to both home and professional gardeners.

Along with specially scheduled lectures, our monthly Friends of the Arboretum Lecture series covers the entire spectrum of horticulture. FOA Lectures are free for members and $5.00 for guests.

Upcoming Lectures

Midweek with Mark
"Nontraditional Pollinator Plants"
Mark Weathington, Director
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 – 3:00 pm

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
"Southern California Plants from a Mid-Atlantic Gardener's Perspective"
Eric Evans, Horticulturist, San Diego Botanic Garden
Thursday, May 13, 2021 – 7:00 pm

Deeper in the Garden at the JCRA
"All About Agave and Other Prickly Characters"
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 – 3:00 pm

Gardening 101 at the JCRA
"Designing and Planting Showstopper Containers"
Leanne Kenealy, Owner, Dynamic Plants
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 – 3:00 pm

Midweek with Mark
"The Diversity of Japanese Maples"
Mark Weathington, Director
Wednesday, June 9, 2021 – 3:00 pm

Deeper in the Garden at the JCRA
"All About the JCRA's Flowering Lawns"
Mark Weathington, Director
Wednesday, June 16, 2021 – 3:00 pm

Gardening 101 at the JCRA
"Taming Tall Perennials"
Douglas Ruhren, Gardens Manager
Wednesday, June 23, 2021 – 3:00 pm

Midweek with Doug
"Four Season Plants"
Douglas Ruhren, Gardens Manager
Wednesday, July 14, 2021 – 3:00 pm

Deeper in the Garden at the JCRA
Wednesday, July 21, 2021 – 3:00 pm

Gardening 101 at the JCRA
"Container Water Gardens"
Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator
Wednesday, July 28, 2021 – 3:00 pm

Midweek with Mark
"Cold-hardy Palms and Cycads for Temperate Landscapes"
Mark Weathington, Director
Wednesday, August 11, 2021 – 3:00 pm

Deeper in the Garden at the JCRA
"Plant Highlights of the Shade Garden"
Douglas Ruhren,Gardens Manager
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 – 3:00 pm

Gardening 101 at the JCRA
"Cut Flowers from the Garden"
Wednesday, August 25, 2021 – 3:00 pm

Midweek with Mark
Mark Weathington, Director
Wednesday, September 8, 2021 – 3:00 pm

Deeper in the Garden at the JCRA
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 – 3:00 pm

Gardening 101 at the JCRA
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 – 3:00 pm

Midweek with Mark
Mark Weathington, Director
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 – 3:00 pm

Deeper in the Garden at the JCRA
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 – 3:00 pm

Gardening 101 at the JCRA
Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Midweek with Mark
Mark Weathington, Director
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 – 3:00 pm

Deeper in the Garden at the JCRA
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 – 3:00 pm

Midweek with Mark
Mark Weathington, Director
Wednesday, December 8, 2021 – 3:00 pm

Deeper in the Garden at the JCRA
Wednesday, December 15, 2021 – 3:00 pm