Founded in 1972, the Horticultural Society is the IMA‘s special interest group for its grounds and gardens and offers its members opportunities to share gardening experience and expertise. The Horticultural Society also maintains an extensive horticultural library, located in Newfield on the IMA campus. Horticultural Society members enjoy lectures featuring noted local, national and international speakers, travel opportunities to gardens throughout the US and abroad, and opportunities to volunteer in the IMA gardens, greenhouse, and the Horticultural Society Library.
The Horticultural Society is led by a Board of Directors and is advised by Mark Zelonis, The Ruth Lilly Deputy Director of Environmental and Historic Preservation, as well as a Museum Affiliate liaison.
View a complete list of gardens available to IMA Horticultural Society members for discounted or free admission through the American Horticultural Society reciprocal admissions program.
Small Shrubs for the Perennial Garden
Thursday, September 11 | 7:30 pm
Woodstock Club | FREE
Whether for diversity in size and texture, or reduced maintenance, adding woody plants to your perennial border may be just the answer. A strategically placed shrub, or a group of them, helps relieve your eye’s view while adding permanency to your artful arrangement of herbaceous beauties. Stephanie Cohen, aka “The Perennial Diva,” will grace our stage to share her insights into working a few choice ‘woodies’ into an otherwise all-herbaceous planting. She will share her favorites and demonstrate how one can enhance a border, while reducing the need for constant fussy maintenance.
My Mother’s Garden: Eudora Welty’s Garden and Its Roots in the Progressive Era
Sunday, November 16 | 2 pm
The Toby | FREE
Eudora Welty wove images of flowers and gardens into her stories but most did not realize that this imagery originated in hands-on experience in the garden she shared with her mother. The story of One Writer’s Garden: Eudora Welty’s Home Place unfolds during the 1920s, when women viewed gardening as a means of self-improvement. Jane Roy Brown will show how the garden echoed the prevailing style of Welty’s mother’s generation, which in turn mirrored wider trends in American life: Progressive-era optimism, garden clubs, civic beautification, plant introductions, conservation, and garden writing.
SAVE THE DATE: IMA Horticulture Symposium: The Living Landscape
Saturday, February 21, 2015 | 8 am - 4:30 pm
Check our web calendar for more information.
Organized by the IMA’s Division of Environmental & Historic Preservation with additional support from the IMA Horticultural Society.
Read about upcoming events, seasonal horticultural news, and other fun stories in the quarterly eNewsletter.
David Gorden, President
Helen Dickinson, Past President
Kevin Foy, Vice President
Ann Hathaway, Vice President
Kathleen Hull, Secretary
Rosie Steinmetz, Treasurer
Dawn Stelts, Director
Jamie Gibbs, Director
Susan Toevs, Director
Jason Griffin, Director
Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Director
Become a member of the Horticultural Society today! In order to be eligible for membership in the Horticultural Society, you must be an IMA member. Student Members of the IMA are invited to join the Horticultural Society for FREE. Contact us today for additional information.
FREE for students (ID required)
$40 individual or couple