Lecture Series

All lectures will be held at the Queen Street Playhouse
20 Queen Street, Charleston SC 29401

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Title Sponsor: Bartlett Tree Experts
Supporting Sponsors: Queen Street Playhouse and South State Bank

Our monthly educational Lecture Series, FREE to current CHS members, welcomes horticultural experts from all over the country, as well as locally, to share their experiences and expertise on a variety of subjects from landscape design and preservation to butterflies and world travel. Our lectures always are tailored to be relevant to gardening and growing here in the Lowcountry and are attended by over 1500 members and visitors each season.

Queen Street Lot: On Mondays after 5pm lecture attendees can park in the bricked off parking lot on Queen St. between Church and Meeting Streets. The lot is on the left side of the street after you pass by the Dock Street Theatre. This lot is only a block away from the Queen Street Playhouse. Please only park one of the 25 spaces marked South State Bank parking.

Cumberland Garage: You may also park in the Cumberland Street Parking Garage at the corner of Church and Cumberland Streets. This lot is only a less than two minute walk to the theatre.

Street Parking: The theatre is in a residential area with parking limited to one hour. Metered parking is also available for up to two hours along many nearby streets.

Due to the surge in new COVID cases we, and the Queen Street Playhouse, are requiring all attendees to wear masks at all times while in the building. The staff is fully vaccinated and will wear a mask when interacting with our patrons. We thank you for your support and willingness to maintain the safety of our community.

English Tools for A Southern Garden: How a Year of Gardening in the UK Shaped an Alabama Gardener
Molly Hendry, Horticulturalist & Landscape Architect
Monday Nov. 15th at 6:30pm
Free for CHS Hort Members, $10 for guests

Take a trip across the pond to explore the magical world of English Gardens. Molly will walk through the lessons she learned while living and working in some of the top gardens across the UK as the Royal Horticultural Society’s Interchange Fellow. From experiencing an inside look at the RHS Wisley, to learning from the world’s leading planting designers at Sheffield University, to grasping the art of gardening with perennials at Great Dixter, to stepping behind the scenes at the Chelsea Flower Show, to working at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and Edinburgh, to gardening in the British tropical paradise of Tresco Abbey, this lecture will be filled with botanical lessons from all over the UK. Molly will finish by unpacking how these British gardening adventures taught her a new posture towards gardening, which has a direct influence on her work in a southern context at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.



Molly toggles the worlds of design and plants as both a trained horticulturist and landscape designer. As the Associate Director of Garden Support for the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens she manages various horticulture planning and design development projects. She is also a key support player in the renewal of the Gardens’ master plan. Before returning home to Birmingham to take on this new role, she spent 10 months living in the UK, sinking her hands into the soil at some of the top gardens across the country as the Garden Club of America’s 2016-2017 Royal Horticultural Society’s Interchange Fellow.


Thank you to our sponsors!

Bartlett Tree Experts
Queen Street Playhouse

2021-2022 Lecture Speakers
(lectures will be held at Queen Street Playhouse)
Sept.: Jenks Farmer
Oct.11 : Rudy Mancke
Nov. 15: Molly Hendry
Feb. 7: Andrew Bunting
Mar. 14: Dan Hinkley
May 9: Thomas Woltz

Lectures at the Charleston Museum unless otherwise noted
* held at Queen Street Playhouse 


2020-2021 (lectures held via Zoom)
Brent Heath
Jeff Jackson
Jason Dewees
Scott Parker
Beatrix Farrand film
Dr. Richard Olsen
Bennett Saunders

2019 – 2020:
Film: Piet Oudolf
Jen Stringer
Joe Lamp’l
Susan Johnson
Chris Woods
(Shortened season due to COVID pandemic.)

2018 – 2019
Vince Dooley
Jim Martin
Kirk Brown
Nancy Hart
Troy Marden
Joe Henderson
David Johnson

2017 – 2018
Brie Arthur
Mark Weathington
Andrea Sprott
Pam Beck
Ernest Koone III
Lloyd Traven
The Nichols Bros.

2|016 – 2017:
Andy McCabe
Linda Lanier
Rudy Mancke
Sidney Frasier
Amy Dabbs
Buddy Lee
Dr. Merle Shepard

2015 – 2016:
Rita Randolph
Ben Lenhardt
Joseph Tychonievich
Susan Haltom
Jon Carloftis
Adrienne Roethling
Pam Beck
Derek Wade

2014 – 2015:
Walter Reeves
Ted Stephens
Bill Welch
Patrick McMillan
Jonathan Wright
Vince Dooley
Karl Gercens
Bill Noble

2013 – 2014:
Glen Gardner
Dr. Lincoln Brower
Karl Gercens
Dean Norton
Betsy Pringle
Gregg Tepper
Sara Clow
Brian Upchurch

2012 – 2013:
Pam Beck
Kelby Fite
John Hoffman
Peter Hatch
Rita Randolph
George Sanko
Karl Gercens
Scott McMahan

2011- 2012:
Patrick McMillan
Ted Stevens
Sheila Wertimer
Bobby Ward
Robert Mottern
David Stickel
Pam Beck
Flo Chaffin