Lecture Series


Title Sponsor: Bartlett Tree Experts
Supporting Sponsor: 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.

THE DESIGNER’S WAY (Creating Gardens {and lives} of Beauty and Meaning)
Presenter: Julie Moir Messervy
at the Charleston Museum
360 Meeting Street
Admission: $10.00 (Free for CHS Members)

Throughout her long career as a garden and landscape designer, author, and presenter, Julie Moir Messervy has always sought to create landscapes that resonate with beauty and meaning. In this talk, she shares the principles and processes she lives by, for visioning, designing, and building personal and private landscapes.
Using her firm’s projects as case studies, she interweaves personal stories with design theory and perspectives, as well as befores and afters and tips that apply to creating a beautiful garden and living a joyful life.


Julie Moir Messervy is the founder and principal designer of JMMDS. With over three decades of experience, nine books, and numerous high-profile lectures, she is an innovative leader in landscape and garden design theory and practice.

Messervy’s most recent book is New Landscaping Ideas That Work (The Taunton Press, January 2018). Her book Home Outside: Creating the Landscape You Love received the Garden Writers Association 2010 Gold Medal for Best Book Writing. Messervy co-authored Outside the Not So Big House with architect Sarah Susanka in 2006. Her other books include Landscaping Ideas That Work, The Toronto Music Garden: Inspired by Bach, The Magic Land, The Inward Garden, and Contemplative Gardens, named one of the ten best garden books of 1990 by The New York Times.

Messervy studied landscape design with eminent Japanese garden master Kinsaku Nakane in Kyoto, Japan, first as a Henry Luce Scholar, and then as a Japan Foundation Fellow. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College and Master of Architecture and Master in City Planning degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Julie Moir Messervy’s vision for composing landscapes of beauty and meaning is furthering the evolution of landscape design and changing the way people create and enjoy their outdoor surroundings. She created the Home Outside® landscape design app and award-winning Home Outside online design service to bring good landscape design to homeowners everywhere.


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Bartlett Tree Experts

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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