MARCH 6: Paul Austin, “From Seed to Scent”


Fragrance industry leader Paul Austin’s early work took him back to the source of the scent world. Inspired by the cultural traditions, the skills and the many elements that go into producing scent, he created a series of short cinematic films revealing the journey of a fragrance, what he calls “source stories.” The films, shot in local communities and flower fields around the world trace natural ingredients such as jasmine, damask rose and spices from seed to scent.


MARCH 13: Caroline Seebohm, Rescuing Eden: Preserving America’s Historic Gardens


Rescuing Eden profiles 30 American gardens with historic and horticultural importance that have been “rescued from the wrecker’s ball,” as Caroline Seebohm says. The design writer, biographer and novelist chose gardens ranging from Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay to Peckerwood Garden outside Houston— including Madoo! These once-endangered landscapes – many with dramatic beginnings— have been saved thanks to local citizen groups, conservationists and generous private donors. Book signing to follow.


MARCH 20: Susan Cohen, The Inspired Landscape: Twenty-one leading landscape architects explore the creative process


Landscape architects are artists, says Susan Cohen and so “they invoke their muses to create a singular landscape that is also a work of art.” For The Inspired Landscape she interviewed 21 landscape architects from around the world to uncover the creative spark that inspired their projects. Sometimes this was a childhood memory; sometimes a work of art; sometimes a centuries-old garden in another country. A landscape artist herself, Cohen traces the evolution of these gardens from the “aha” moment of creativity to their stunning completion. Book signing to follow.


Tickets $25 members, $30 non-members. RSVP: All lectures in the summer house studio at 12pm. A reception will follow.