Morven Museum & Garden

Grand Homes & Garden


Grand Homes & Gardens Series 2019

Doors to the Stockton Center open at 6:00 p.m. with light refreshments.

Morven’s Grand Homes & Gardens Distinguished Speakers Series, to be held in Morven's Stockton Education Center’s Gathering Space in February and March 2019, expands on Morven’s history as a grand home with centuries of impressive gardens. Please join us for evenings with these highly regarded speakers, including

  • Kate Markert, Executive Director of Hillwood Estate, Museum and Garden, Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Washington, DC residence

  • Bill Thomas, Executive Director of Chanticleer Garden, Adolph and Christine Rosengarten’s family retreat

  • Beth Allan, Morven Museum & Garden’s Curator of the Collections and Exhibitions and Pam Ruch, Morven’s Horticulturist

  • Gary Lawrance, co-author of Houses of the Hamptons 1880-1930


The Art of Gardening at Chanticleer

Tuesday, February 26, 6:30 p.m.
Chanticleer’s Executive Director R. William Thomas

Join Chanticleer’s Executive Director and Head Gardener R. William “Bill” Thomas for a visual tour and behind-the-scenes look at what the Washington Post calls “one of the most interesting and edgy public gardens in America.”  Chanticleer, once the home of the Rosengarten family, is known for its residential-scale plant combinations featuring foliage textures and colors, its wide variety of containers, and its imaginative homemade furniture. This is a garden where the staff are the designers, competing with each other and with the horticultural world to design an intriguing, visually pleasing, and environmentally responsible garden. Bill Thomas will offer insights on what inspires this special place.  The Art of Gardening: Design Inspiration and Innovative Planting Techniques from Chanticleer will be available for sale and signing following the lecture.


Reimagining Morven & its Historic Gardens

Tuesday, March 5, 6:30 p.m.
Morven Museum & Garden’s Curator of Collections & Exhibitions Elizabeth Allan
Pam Ruch, Horticulturist

Reimagining Morven & Its Historic Gardens, Morven Museum & Garden’s Curator of Collections & Exhibitions Elizabeth Allan and Horticulturist Pam Ruch, share how the house and gardens evolved under each family that resided at Morven.   Beginning with Annis Boudinot Stockton (18th century), Harriet Potter Stockton (19th century), and Helen Hamilton Stockton (20th century), based upon writings and journals of these women, followed by Robert Wood Johnson II and Governor Walter Edge, the house and garden evolved to reflect the taste of the time. Morven’s Horticulturist Pam Ruch will present garden designs planned by designer Peter Ham for reveal in Spring/Summer 2019.

© Richard Speedy

© Richard Speedy

Hamptons Houses & Gardens of the Gilded Age

Tuesday, March 12, 6:30 p.m.
Gary Lawrance, Architect, Author and Historian

Enjoy an illustrated journey into the great summer resort homes that made the Hamptons, often referred to as the “American Riviera,” one of the premier resorts of glamour, luxury, and architectural achievement. Some of the houses to be discussed are Wooldon Manor, the home of Jesse Woolworth Donahue; Black Point, the H. H. Rogers mansion; Bayberry Land, the du Ponts’ Chestertown House; Villa Mille Fiore; Red Maples; and The Orchard, one of architect Stanford White’s last great commissions. Renowned architect and historian Gary Lawrance’s talk will also give a brief history of the founding of the Summer Colony. Copies of Mr. Lawrance’s book will be available for sale and signing following the lecture.


Living Artfully:  Marjorie Merriweather Post's Hillwood

Thursday, February 21, 6:30 p.m.
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Garden’s Executive Director Kate Markert

One of the wealthiest women in America when she inherited her father's Postum company (later General Foods) at age 27 in 1914, Marjorie Merriweather Post went on to be a pioneering business woman, serious art collector, generous philanthropist, and noted hostess throughout her long life.  She created Hillwood, her 25 acre Washington, D.C. estate, in 1955 at age 68, planning from the outset that it would become a public institution upon her death. Executive Director Kate Markert reveals how Post lived her artful life in her three spectacular homes, Hillwood, TopRidge, and Mar-a-Lago, with her world-class collections and exquisite gardens. Living Artfully will be available for sale and signing following the lecture.