Grand Homes & Gardens Distinguished Speakers Series 2020
$25; $18 Friend of Morven; Series: $75; $50 Friend of Morven
Morven’s successful Grand Homes & Gardens Distinguished Speakers Series returns with another stellar lineup - this year, arm-chair traveling the Eastern seaboard from the Rockefellers estates in Maine to the Flagler in Florida.
Held in Morven's Stockton Education Center’s Gathering Space in February and March 2020, this illustrated lecture series brightens up the winter with its finale on the first day of spring. Light refreshments will be served 30 minutes prior to each talk and speakers will be available to sign books after.
Dumbarton Oaks: Home & Garden of the Humanities
Thursday, February 27, 6:30 p.m.
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection Director Jan M. Ziolkowski
Dumbarton Oaks is a Harvard University research institute, library, museum, and garden located in Washington, DC in the former residence of Robert and Mildred Bliss, diplomats, art collectors, and patrons of learning in the humanities. The Blisses’ world-class collection of Byzantine and Pre-Columbian art and the historic garden are focal Dumbarton Oaks features. Mildred Bliss created the terraced garden in close collaboration with renowned landscape designer Beatrix Farrand.
Seal Harbor, Maine & Beyond: The Rockefeller Gardens
Thursday, March 5, 6:30 p.m
Land & Garden Preserve Director of Farm & Gardens Cassie Banning
Take a peek inside the exclusive Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden and two other elegant gardens John D. Rockefeller Jr. funded: Asticou Azalea Garden and Thuya Garden, with Director Cassie Banning. Ms. Banning presents a fascinating program on the history and current evolution of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden on Mount Desert Island, Maine, and the Eyrie, its 1oo-room house that was removed in 1962. The Rockefellers created this destination with limited access to the outside world after a trip to China in 1921, and echoes of that trip remain. The building and garden design by Beatrix Farrand took over 7 years to complete and the site has only recently allowed limited guest visits.The Rockefeller Family Gardens: An American Legacy will be available for signing and purchase following the lecture.
Living Newport: Houses, People, Style
Tuesday, March 10, 6:30 p.m.
Author, Lecturer, & Lifestyle Editor Bettie Bearden Pardee
Newport, Rhode Island is celebrated for its stunning seascapes and famous mansions, from presidents to philanthropists, it is also known for the people who summered and socialized here. Bettie Bearden Pardee provides an insider’s glimpse into this fabled town where privacy is a treasured asset. An accomplished hostess, her home, “parterre,” and its gardens provide the ideal setting for carrying on Newport’s tradition of gracious living. She is author of two books on entertaining: Private Newport: At Home And In The Garden and Living Newport: Houses, People, Style. Ms. Pardee’s books will be available for purchase and signing following the lecture.
Whitehall: Henry Flagler’s Palm Beach Estate
Thursday, March 19, 6:30 p.m.
Flagler Museum Executive Director Erin Manning
On March 30, 1902, the New York Herald described Whitehall, the Palm Beach home of Henry Flagler as, "More wonderful than any palace in Europe, grander and more magnificent than any other private dwelling in the world..." Flagler built the 75-room, 100,000-square-foot Gilded Age mansion, Whitehall, as a wedding present for his wife, Mary Lily Kenan Flagler. The couple used the home as a winter retreat from 1902 until Flagler's death in 1913, establishing the Palm Beach season for the wealthy of the Gilded Age. Flagler Museum Executive Director Erin Manning (formerly Historical Society of Princeton’s Executive Director) leads us on a grand tour of this exquisite Palm Beach estate. Illustrated book available for purchase following lecture.