Charlottesville, VA – The Board of the Botanical Garden of the Piedmont is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Ian Robertson Legacy: Lectureship at Morven Farm, in Albemarle County on September 29th. The lectureship, “Building a Botanical Garden,” will be delivered by Frank L. Robinson, a distinguished expert on the subject. 

Frank Robinson joined Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden (LGBG) in Richmond, Virginia, in 1992, after serving as director of the American Horticultural Society. First as executive director, and later as president and CEO of LGBG, Frank oversaw the development of more than 50 acres of themed gardens in addition to a visitor center, education complex, classical conservatory, and other facilities. During his tenure, LGBG grew from a local garden attraction to one of the top five botanical gardens in North America. Now retired, Frank continues to share his leadership skills by serving on multiple nonprofit boards.

Morven Farm, which is owned by the University of Virginia Foundation, lies in Albemarle County, about seven miles from downtown Charlottesville. The property dates back to the 18th century and its gardens, many of which were first renovated by landscape designer Annette Hoyt Flanders in the 1930s, are legendary for their beauty.

Please join us at the 2nd Annual Ian Robertson Legacy: Lectureship on Friday, September 29, 2018. The Morven Farm gardens will open to attendees at 5 p.m., and the lecture portion of the program will begin at 7 p.m.  Ample time will be provided for leisurely garden tours and to enjoy hors d’oeuvres from A Pimento and wine provided by local vineyards.

For a complete program of activities and to register, go to Tickets are limited, so please act soon.

The Botanical Garden of the Piedmont is moving closer to becoming a reality. Mikyoung Kim Design and Waterstreet Studios have been selected as the Garden’s landscape architecture team, and enthusiasm about the future design is growing among volunteers and the public. Join us to hear Frank Robinson speak about the creation and establishment of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, from the early days when he first hired Ian Robertson to design The Henry M. Flagler Perennial Garden, up to the present. The talk should be an enjoyable incentive and, perhaps, even a guide book as we follow the path to realizing Charlottesville’s own botanical garden.

The Ian Robertson Legacy: Lectureship honors the late Ian Robertson, master horticulturist, renowned landscape designer, educator and author, by providing educational lectures as a fundraiser for the Botanical Garden of the Piedmont.

Additional information on this event and on the Botanical Garden of the Piedmont can be obtained from the following:
Botanical Garden of the Piedmont  |  P.O. Box 6224  |  Charlottesville, VA  |  22906
Email:   |   Lectureship Page:

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Linda Seaman, the Garden Board President, 434-962-1512
Jill Trischman-Marks, the Garden Board Director, 434-953-9785