Southern Garden History Society regularly publishes events held by nonprofits and organizations that interest our members. These events include symposiums, lectures and tours that provide participants with a greater appreciation of garden history and restoration.  Requests for listings in our events calendar should be sent to Peggy Cornett, Magnolia editor.
September 15-17, 2022.  2022 Plant Humanities Conference, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington DC.
The relationship between plants and people is deep, complex, and asymmetrical. Plants are indispensable to our bodily needs—food, shelter, clothing, medicine—and weave themselves into our experience through ritual, religion, and art. Yet anthropogenic change threatens two out of five plant species with extinction. These pressing environmental challenges make an urgent call for a new dialogue between humanities and science to point us to vital future directions for scholarship and action.
This conference is a capstone event of the Plant Humanities Initiative at Dumbarton Oaks, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It brings together distinguished thinkers and emerging scholars who research and communicate the fundamental importance of plants to human cultures. Beginning with an afternoon roundtable on September 15 and continuing over two days of presentations and discussions, the conference will take place at Dumbarton Oaks, in Washington, DC. The event will be open to the public and will also be live-streamed.
October 14-15, 2022. The Southern Garden Symposium in St. Francisville, LA, features lectures, workshops, and tours of the gardens of historic Afton Villa gardens and Rosedown Plantation. As part of the symposium’s mission, proceeds fund numerous restoration and beautification projects and the endowment of a professorship at LSU’s Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture. This year’s speakers include Brandon Branch, Laura Dowling, Keith Eggener, Jenks Farmer, Ellen Kennon, Carol
Reese, and Susan Roland. Visit:
October 19, 2022. Cherokee Garden Library Talk, Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, GA. Janisse Ray, author, naturalist, and activist will discuss her latest book, Wild Spectacle: Seeking Wonders in a World Beyond Humans, in March 2022).
October 22, 2022.  Southern Garden History Society:  Tennessee Ambassador’s Program presents “Labor in Vain.”
At the home of Robert Hicks – Walk the grounds and view the arts and antiques of NYT bestselling author, Civil War battlefield preservationist, and curator of vibe.
$125 per person and Southern Garden History Society Membership REQUIRED.  Not a member?  Join here.


March 24-26, 2023. 39 th Annual Meeting of the Southern Garden History Society in Natchitoches, LA. Spend a weekend in Louisiana’s original French Colony, established in 1714, and the oldest settlement in the Louisiana Purchase. Visit historic Creole sites, homes, and gardens along the Cane River, and the charming town made famous by the 1989 film “Steel Magnolias.” The Sunday tour highlights a visit to Briarwood Nature Preserve, the birthplace and home of Caroline Dormon—world-renowned naturalist, author, artist, and the first woman to be hired in the US Forest Service. Visit the SGHS website for updates and look for registration details in January 2023.
May 12-13, 2023. Call For Papers: “Environmental Histories of the Black Atlantic World: Landscape Histories of the African Diaspora,” Dumbarton Oaks Plant Humanities Conference, Washington, DC. This symposium on the landscape histories of the African diaspora aims to convene scholars, curators, and other cultural custodians conversant in Black Atlantic histories. Additional information is forthcoming.