Botanical Garden of the Piedmont’s 1st Annual


Sunday, March 8, 2020

Farmington Country Club


Ticket Levels 

Donor  ($125)  — Includes VIP Brunch with Mikyoung Kim (limited to 40 seats) and lectureship, followed by tea and scones.  
General Admission ($55) — Includes lectureship only followed by tea and scones. Groups of 8 are $50 each.
A limited number of student tickets are available.


In March 2017, the Board of Botanical Garden of the Piedmont and the Friends of Ian Robertson formalized a partnership to endow an annual educational lecture series to honor the late Ian Robertson and to build a structural element in the future Botanical Garden of the Piedmont to recognize Ian’s numerous contributions to horticulture, landscape design, and education. The annual lecture series is a fundraiser initially for the design and construction of the Botanical Garden and will help to sustain the Garden in the future for all to enjoy.


Ian RobertsonThe late Ian Robertson was a master horticulturalist, internationally known garden designer, educator, and author. Ian left his mark on gardens that spanned the globe. He was especially proud of his work at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Virginia, where he designed the Henry M. Flagler Perennial Garden, among others. Educated at Edinburgh University, Ian found his spiritual home in Scotland. He was an accomplished writer, avid intellectual, and talented and enthusiastic educator. Ian’s greatest creation was in the building of a wonderful family. As the master of ceremonies at every event, Ian brought his wonderful sense of humor and incredible warmth to every family occasion and took great joy from the close-knit and ever-growing tribe that consistently frequented the family home. He was a rare and special person who touched the lives of so many others. Ian was also a lecturer of Horticulture and Landscape Design at Piedmont Virginia Community College, an instructor at the Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs Landscape Design Institute, and an instructor for Master Gardeners and the Virginia Native Plant Society. At the age of 76, he passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family at his home in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. On that day, the world lost a master gardener, but Ian’s legacy remains in the many seeds he planted both of trees and in the lives of those he loved.


Cole is an acclaimed lecturer, garden designer, and photographer. The author of 12 gardening books, Cole has twice won the American Horticulture Society Book Award. Cole is an avid and life-long plantsman, gardener, and naturalist. He is principal of Native Landscape Design and Restoration, which specializes in blending nature and culture through artistic design. Cole worked as curator at the U.S. National Arboretum and at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. He has devoted a lifetime to studying native plants in the wild and in gardens. This has lead to receiving undergraduate degrees in Botany and Horticulture from Virginia Tech. He holds a Master of Science in Horticulture degree from the University of Maryland and a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Minnesota. Cole is a lecturer in the Landscape Architecture Department, School of Architecture, at the University of Virginia. He has served on Botanical Garden of the Piedmont’s Board of Directors since 2009, chairing the Garden’s Horticulture Committee and serving on other committees and task forces. He lives in Albemarle County.

The Botanical Garden of the Piedmont Thanks our Sponsors of the Ian Robertson Legacy: Lectureship

A Special Thanks to our Underwriters:

A Pimento, Eve Watters Harp Music, Florabella Gardens, MS Events,
and White Hall Vineyards.