A Tour of the Great Gardens of the East Coast

Jan 24 2017 - 9:00am
From our founding fathers to the pillars of American Industry the estates and gardens of the East Coast have been at the cutting edge of horticulture since the birth of our nation.  Innovators like John Bartram, Thomas Jefferson, and Pierre du Pont have shaped the culture of gardening in America.  This lecture will explore the great gardens of east coast from the brisk shores of Maine to the southernmost point in the U.S. with a strong emphasis on the Philadelphia Region.  With over 30 gardens within 30 miles, the Greater Philadelphia region represents the greatest density of gardens and arboreta within our country.   From the excellence of the display gardens of Longwood, and the mastery of plant composition of Chanticleer, to the natural beauty of Mt. Cuba; we will explore some of gardens that will be part of the Design Tour for the MNLA next August. 
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Longwood Gardens

Coordinator of Continuing Education, Longwood Gardens
Matthew received a B.S. and M.S. in Horticulture from Michigan State University where he studied landscape design and urban forestry.  After working as a landscape designer for Season’s by Ruggirello and as a salesman for Ray Wiegand’s Nursery, he moved to Toledo, Ohio.  At Owens State Community College he instructed close to 20 courses ranging from soil science to post-harvest technology and landscape design.  While teaching he also was a horticulturist at Toledo Botanical Garden where he oversaw nearly 30 acres of gardens and developed a 5-acre farm in the heart of the city.  
He currently is the Coordinator of Continuing Education at Longwood Gardens where he oversees the development and delivery of more than 170 courses and lectures annually.  His passion for plants and photography will be on full display as he shares images from travels and experiences in the natural and cultivated world.