Southern Garden History Society regularly publishes events held by nonprofits and organizations that are of interest to 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.


Now through August 1, 2021. Exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA): “Virginia Arcadia: The Natural Bridge in American Art,” explores the artistic portrayal of this spectacular 400-million-year-old geological formation and natural landmark. Museum is located at 200 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond, VA 23220. Visit:

Now through September 1, 2021. “Beautiful Work: The Art of Greenwich Gardens and Landscapes,” an exhibition at the Greenwich Historical Society of original landscape design plans, artworks, furniture, gardening and farming tools, as well as photographs and archival objects documenting the story of a variety of Greenwich landscapes, from the gardens created for scions of industry who commissioned Greenwich’s Great Estates, to humble and hand-planted backyard vegetable gardens. Landscape designs of the Colonial Revival and the Country Life Movement by the Olmsted Brothers, Marian Cruger Coffin, Warren Manning, Ellen Shipman, and others are included. For more information or tickets call (203) 869-6899 or visit:

Elmer Livingston MacRae (1875-1953), “Back of the Old House.” Oil on canvas. Greenwich Historical Society, Gift of Bush-Holley Art Group.


June 5-13, 2021.Philadelphia Flower Show. The nation’s largest and longest-running horticultural event will move outdoors for the first time, making the 2021 show a history-making experience that will incorporate the beautiful Fred Law Olmsted landscape of FDR Park in Philadelphia. Visit:


Call for Papers Deadline July 15, 2021—”Landscapes in the Making,” Symposium May 6-7, 2022

Dumbarton Oaks Garden and Landscape Studies Symposium, in partnership with the Mellon Initiative in Urban Landscape Studies.

This call for papers seeks to identify research that looks beyond canonical histories of design and architecture to include the people, particularly socially marginalized communities, who are involved day-to-day in its making and meaning, including commemorating its past and planning its future. This call seeks to engage projects that generate counternarratives that reveal how alternative views of the past shape visions of the present and the future.

This is the third symposium in a five-year series exploring what it would mean to curate histories of making landscapes. Building on symposia exploring landscapes of segregation and resistance in 2020 and the Land Back movement and Indigenous readings of land in 2021, this symposium seeks to interrogate stories of labor, craft, and stewardship as the work of making landscape, foregrounding those who have so often been silenced, including women, LGBTQ+ people, Black and Indigenous people, immigrants, and working-class laborers. We consider that the making of landscape engages ongoing social, cultural, and physical processes, including labor, craft, maintenance and stewardship, as well as materials and production.

For further details and submission instructions, visit:

“Gardens at labor homes add to incomes. Tulare migrant camp. Visalia, California,” ca. 1940, Arthur Rothstein, photographer. Image courtesy the Library of Congress, from the Farm Security Administration—Office of War Information Photograph Collection