Lecture Series


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, sharing 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 relevancy of gardening and growing here in the Lowcountry and are attending by over 1500 members and visitors each season.

Monday Nov. 11th at 6:30pm

at the Charleston Museum
Growing a Greener World – Behind the Scenes w/ Some of Our Most Popular Stories
Joe Lamp’l; Television Host of Growing a Greener World
In this inspiring and motivational session, Joe draws on his extensive travel across North America to produce and host his national Emmy award-winning public television series Growing a Greener World®. With an extensive collection of stories over 200 episodes, through beautiful high definition video and award-winning photography, you’ll meet some of the most fascinating people, see some of the most interesting places and discover organizations doing great things for the planet, all with an emphasis on gardening and a common thread that will empower each of us to advance the cause of these gardening heroes in our own communities. LEARN MORE ABOUT JOE

Monday January 13th at 6:30pm
at the Charleston Museum
Gardening For Good Health with MUSC’s Dr. Susan Johnson, Debbie Petitpain & Carmen Ketron

The MUSC Urban Farm is a living classroom where students, faculty, staff, and the Charleston community can come together to learn about the connection between food and health. The .5 acre, year-round organic farm hosts workshops, seminars, volunteer workdays, and tours where participants experience a unique opportunity to engage in hands-on learning about sustainable urban agriculture.  

Join Dr. Susan Johnson, Debbie Petitpain and Carmen Ketron as they discuss how the art of gardening, cooking and the science of food intersect to promote health and wellness. Each speaker will focus on a different aspect of food, health and the community, providing evidence-based practices and real life examples. Dr. Johnson will focus on the health benefits of nature, specifically related to gardening, Debbie Petitpain will share a new way of thinking about how to apply the art of cooking and the science of nutrition to your own life and Carmen Ketron will discuss the “dirty” details of how MUSC melds horticulture with health and wellness and how they successfully grow plants, herbs, and produce for MUSC programs. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the presentation. 



Monday Feb. 10th at 6:30pm
at the Charleston Museum

Gardenlust: A Botanical Tour of the World’s Best New Gardens with Christopher Woods

For three years, Chris Woods traveled the world seeking out contemporary gardens and found fifty of the best. With wit and humor, he describes the most arresting features in public parks in exotic locations like New Delhi and Dubai, mission-redefining botanic gardens in Chile and Australia, and the most enviable details of lavish private estates and gemlike city yards. Throughout, he reveals the fascinating people, plants, and stories that make these gardens so lust-worthy.



Monday March 16th at 6:30pm
at the Charleston Museum

The Power of Palms with Jason Dewees

Accompanied by beautiful photographs by Caitlin Atkinson, many taken in Charleston, Jason Dewees’s talk introduces gardeners and designers to the power of palms in landscape design. Jason will give a primer on this fascinating, diverse, and charismatic family of plants, and show the many ways palms can contribute to and structure beautiful, useful gardens, landscapes, and public spaces. He will draw lessons from gardens in Hawaii, South Carolina, Florida, and California and discuss the special aesthetic and symbolic impact made by palms adapted to tropical, subtropical, and warm-temperate climates.


Monday April 13th at 6:30pm
at the Charleston Museum

Best Bulbs for Sexy Southern Landscapes with Brent Heath of Brent & Becky’s Bulbs
Beloved bulb buddy Brent Heath of Brent and Becky’s Bulbs is a fourth generation bulb business big-wig with name and profession perfect for alliteration! Brent will share his expertise on the best seasonal selections of bulbs that would certainly help you build the ideal southern landscape that will keep your garden ‘sexy’ all year long!




Monday May 13th at 6:30pm
at the Charleston Museum

Designing With Succulents with Debra Lee Baldwin


Thank you to our sponsors!

Bartlett Tree Experts
Queen Street Playhouse
Church Creek Nursery

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

2019 – 2020 SPEAKER LINEUP:
Sept. 9: Film: Piet Oudolf *
Oct. 14: Jen Stringer *
Nov. 11: Joe Lamp’l
Jan. 13: Susan Johnson
Feb. 10: Chris Woods
Mar. 16: Jason Dewees
Apr. 13: Brent Heath
May 13: Debra Lee Baldwin

2018 – 2019
Sept. 10: Vince Dooley
Oct. 8: Jim Martin
Nov. 12: Kirk Brown
Jan. 14: Nancy Hart
Feb. 11: Troy Marden
Mar. 11: Joe Henderson
Apr. 8: David Johnson
May 13: Julie Moir Messervy

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