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Spotlight Talks: Learning at Longwood

Spotlight Talks: Learning at Longwood

Dates & Price

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:30 am & 12:30 pm

April 2–May 2, 2019

Inquire in the Visitor Center for location details on the day of your visit

Free with Gardens Admission

Led by our expert staff and students, explore Longwood’s rich educational offerings. Find out how we delight your mind, satisfy your curiosity, and advance your career ... or simply have fun while exploring the art of bonsai or meeting students from around the world or learning how to get the best shot on your smartphone. You'll also have the chance to go behind the scenes and see firsthand our flower prep room, on-air studio, and more.

Spotlight Talks Schedule

Past Talks

Tuesday, April 2

  • 11:30 am: The Role of Photography at Longwood
    Join Digital Resource Manager Maureen McCadden to learn about the importance and history of photography at Longwood. She will discuss why images are important and how they are managed and used at Longwood, focusing on Exhibition Hall and the Main Fountain Garden.
  • 12:30 pm: Get the Best Shot with iPhone Photography
    Join Susan Caldwell, Instructional Designer and Learning Techniques Manager to discover tips for capturing beautiful garden images using your smart phone. We’ll explore using the iPhone to take macro shots and you’ll practice composing close-up images of flowers in the Gardens. 

Thursday, April 4

  • 11:30 am: The Art of Bonsai
  • 12:30 pm: Tropical Aquatic Plants
    Join Matthew Ross, Director of Continuing Education, as he shares his passion for tropical aquatic plants. Get a sneak peek of the Canna, Taro, and Waterlilies that will be on display all summer long in our acclaimed aquatic garden and learn more about our free online program, Everything about Aquatics.

Tuesday, April 9

  • 11:30 am: Tree Identification: Seeds
    From mighty Oak to the spring awaking Redbud, seeds provide everything necessary for the future success of the trees. They nourish, defend and transport. Seeds offer sustenance for us as well and are often a key identification indicator. Join Ginny Levy, Continuing Education Instructor, to take a closer look at the incredible variety of seeds around us.
  • 12:30 pm: Meet a Global Gardener

Thursday, April 11

  • 11:30 am: Working with Unique Plants in Longwood’s Conservatory
  • 12:30 pm: What’s on a Label?
    Join Kristina Aguilar and Nick Kreevich of Longwood’s plant records office to learn how to read plant labels throughout the Garden and for a quick introduction to plant nomenclature and taxonomy.  They will discuss the differences between common and scientific plant names as well as the differences between plants of cultivated origin and those that are found in native habitats around the world.

Tuesday, April 16

  • 11:30 am: Behind the Scenes: Flower Prep Room
    Join Betty Young as she shared how flowers, foliage, and materials are processed for use in our Floral Design Classes and Workshops. She will discuss proper care and handling techniques that are important to extend the flowers’ vase life.
  • 12:30 pm: IT Co-Op Perspectives

Thursday, April 18

  • 11:30 am: Behind the Scenes: Interactive Video Conference Studio
    Join Kellie Saraceno, Distance Learning Manager, to experience how we bring Longwood Gardens directly into classrooms around the world. Visit the studio to learn more about virtual field trips and their impact on more than 10,000 students annually.
  • 12:30 pm: Current Research at Longwood
    Join Research Intern Gabriella Blair as she delves into research’s current projects. From orchid conservation work to shoot induction of phlox callus, she will explain some recent projects in the Research Department and provide an overview of her work in Longwood Gardens as an intern.

Tuesday, April 23

  • 11:30 am: Meet a Global Gardener
  • 12:30 pm: Identifying Plants by Their Seed
    With Ginny Levy

Thursday, April 25

  • 11:30 am: Something Cool from the Archives
    David Sleasman, Director of Library and Information Services for Longwood Gardens, will showcase a rarely-seen treasure from Longwood’s historical archives, and discuss how staff manage and care for our collection of nearly 7,000 historic objects.
  • 12:30 pm: Meet a Global Gardener

Tuesday, April 30

  • 11:30 am: Hardy Aquatic Plants
    Matthew Ross, Director of Continuing Education, will highlight some of the most exciting and alluring aquatic plants that are hardy for our region. Explore the plants that will be on display all summer long in our acclaimed aquatic garden and learn more about our free online program, Everything about Aquatics.
  • 12:30 pm: Student Exhibition Garden Preview 
    Professional Horticulture student Alex Correia will provide a sneak preview of the Student Exhibition Gardens. Designed around the theme of "seeds," she will dive into the concepts behind four gardens created by the Professional Horticulture Class of 2019, which will be on display from May to October.

Thursday, May 2

  • 11:30 am: Aquaponics
  • 12:30 pm: Aquaponics