Posts Tagged ‘Spencer Lecture’

David Price headlines 2014 Spencer Lecture

Friday, March 7th, 2014

(David Price, Murray Spencer South, Nancy Spencer Smith, Executive Director & CEO Fred Spicer)

David Price headlines 2014 Spencer Lecture

The 2014 Spencer Lecture was held in the Linn-Henley Lecture Hall at Birmingham Botanical Gardens on March 6. President of the Bok Tower Gardens Foundation David Price spoke at 6:30 p.m. about his role and his work, “Bok Tower Gardens: America’s Taj Majal.”

The Art of David Price

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

The Art of David Price

President of the Bok Tower Gardens Foundation David Price comes to Birmingham Botanical Gardens for the annual Spencer Lecture on Thursday, March 6. He recently spoke to The Gardens at AL.com about his plant preservation work and his time at the Olmsted designed National Historic Landmark in Lake Wales, Florida. Price also shared some of this art work, here, for The Gardens Blog.

To learn more about the annual free lecture and to reserve a seat online, visit www.bbgardens.org/spencerlecture.

Andrea Wulf and Ben Page headline 2013 Spencer Lecture Series

Friday, March 8th, 2013

(Andrea Wulf, Director of Devlopment Olivia Alison, Spencer Lecture committee member Sue Ellen Lucas)

Andrea Wulf and Ben Page headline 2013 Spencer Lecture Series

The 2013 Spencer Lecture Series was held in the Linn-Henley Lecture Hall at Birmingham Botanical Gardens on March 7. New York Times best-selling author Andrea Wulf spoke at 10:30, while renowned architect Ben Page spoke at 6:30 p.m. The morning lecture, preceded by a book signing, saw 137 guests in attendance, while 214 attended the evening session.

(Murray Spencer South, Ben Page, Nancy Spencer Smith)

Spencer Lecture: Andrea Wulf

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Spencer Lecture – Andrea Wulf: Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens – Thursday, March 7 | 10:30 a.m.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens is delighted to welcome Andrea Wulf for the second year, offering a second lecture in the Spencer Lecture Series to complement Ben Page’s talk. This summer an extremely rare celestial event took place – the transit of Venus. In the eighteenth century the transit held the answer for one of the most pressing questions of the age: the size of the solar system. This would require triangulated data to be compiled from various exact points dotted all around the four corners of the globe – all taken simultaneously during the short period of the actual transit. Hundreds of astronomers from European countries and the North American colonies were dispatched across the world to observe the rare celestial encounter. At a time when war was tearing Europe and much of the rest of the world apart, they overcame political, geographical and intellectual boundaries. CHASING VENUS is rich with tales of obsession, featuring Catherine the Great and Captain Cook as well as Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon, Benjamin Franklin and American astronomer David Rittenhouse. In CHASING VENUS, New York Times Best Selling and award-winning author Andrea Wulf tells the extraordinary story of the first global scientific collaboration set amid warring armies, hurricanes, scientific endeavour and personal tragedy. It’s a story bursting with action, wonderful detail and scientific excitement, revealing the spirit of the Enlightenment and man’s quest to understand the world.

To reserve your seat online, visit www.bbgardens.org/spencerlecture.

SPENCER LECTURE – BEN PAGE: TRADITIONS AND TRANSITIONS

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Spencer Lecture – Ben Page: Traditions and Transitions – Thursday, March 7 | 6:30 p.m.

Ben Page comes to Birmingham Botanical Gardens for an intriguing talk titled “Traditions and Transitions.” This beautifully illustrated talk weaves together some historical threads (going back as far as ancient Rome) as well as some history of Belle Meade (area of Nashville where Cheekwood is located).Page will share the influence of landscape architect Bryant Fleming and his personal approach to garden design. He’ll offer a modern relevance and provide context through work he has done on Birmingham-area gardens.
The founding partner in the Nashville-based firm Page/Duke, Ben received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree with honors from the University of Georgia in 1973. A recipient of a 2009 Aurora Award (a design competition for the Southeast Building Conference) and the 2002 Metro Nashville Historical Commission’s Preservation Award, he is a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Southern Garden History Society.

Largely influenced by their childhood experiences in — and love for — the countryside, Page/Duke has expanded the firm’s focus to include equine-management facilities, hunting-plantation management and master planning for environmentally based communities. The goal for every project, whether an expansive public space or an intimate secret garden, is to create a seamless integration of the built environment and its surroundings.

Page/Duke’s impressive national clientele spans the Southeast, the Atlantic Seaboard and Texas. The firm’s work has appeared in numerous magazines such as Veranda, House Beautiful, Traditional Home and Architectural 
Digest, and its projects have been featured on HGTV’s “Secret Gardens.”

Spencer Lecture: Andrea Wulf

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Spencer Lecture – Andrea Wulf: Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens – Thursday, March 7 | 10:30 a.m.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens is delighted to welcome Andrea Wulf for the second year, offering a second lecture in the Spencer Lecture Series to complement Ben Page’s talk. This summer an extremely rare celestial event took place – the transit of Venus. In the eighteenth century the transit held the answer for one of the most pressing questions of the age: the size of the solar system. This would require triangulated data to be compiled from various exact points dotted all around the four corners of the globe – all taken simultaneously during the short period of the actual transit. Hundreds of astronomers from European countries and the North American colonies were dispatched across the world to observe the rare celestial encounter. At a time when war was tearing Europe and much of the rest of the world apart, they overcame political, geographical and intellectual boundaries. CHASING VENUS is rich with tales of obsession, featuring Catherine the Great and Captain Cook as well as Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon, Benjamin Franklin and American astronomer David Rittenhouse. In CHASING VENUS, New York Times Best Selling and award-winning author Andrea Wulf tells the extraordinary story of the first global scientific collaboration set amid warring armies, hurricanes, scientific endeavour and personal tragedy. It’s a story bursting with action, wonderful detail and scientific excitement, revealing the spirit of the Enlightenment and man’s quest to understand the world.

Spencer Lecture – Ben Page: Traditions and Transitions

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Spencer Lecture – Ben Page: Traditions and Transitions – Thursday, March 7 | 6:30 p.m.

Ben Page comes to Birmingham Botanical Gardens for an intriguing talk titled “Traditions and Transitions.” This beautifully illustrated talk weaves together some historical threads (going back as far as ancient Rome) as well as some history of Belle Meade (area of Nashville where Cheekwood is located). Page will share the influence of landscape architect Bryant Fleming and his personal approach to garden design. He’ll offer a modern relevance and provide context through work he has done on Birmingham-area gardens.
The founding partner in the Nashville-based firm Page/Duke, Ben received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree with honors from the University of Georgia in 1973. A recipient of a 2009 Aurora Award (a design competition for the Southeast Building Conference) and the 2002 Metro Nashville Historical Commission’s Preservation Award, he is a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Southern Garden History Society.

Largely influenced by their childhood experiences in — and love for — the countryside, Page/Duke has expanded the firm’s focus to include equine-management facilities, hunting-plantation management and master planning for environmentally based communities. The goal for every project, whether an expansive public space or an intimate secret garden, is to create a seamless integration of the built environment and its surroundings.

Page/Duke’s impressive national clientele spans the Southeast, the Atlantic Seaboard and Texas. The firm’s work has appeared in numerous magazines such as Veranda, House Beautiful, Traditional Home and Architectural 
Digest, and its projects have been featured on HGTV’s “Secret Gardens.”

Andrea Wulf Speaks to Sold-Out Crowd at 14th Annual Spencer Lecture

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

(Pictured, L to R: Murray Spencer South, Nancy Spencer Smith, Fred Spicer, Andrea Wulf)

The 14th Annual Spencer Lecture was held in the Linn-Henley Lecture Hall at Birmingham Botanical Gardens on March 8. New York Times best-selling author, Andrea Wulf, spoke to a capacity crowd of more than 250 people after signing copies of her book, Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature and the Shaping of the American Nation. After guests were treated to the London native’s beautifully illustrated talk, they were treated to a reception in the Hodges Room.

(Archie Blackmon, Linda Blackmon)

(Katherine Bishop, Billy Bishop)

(June Mays, Helen Harmon)

(Alicia Hall, Ken Hall)