Free Monthly Gardening Lectures

Please join us on the first Thursday of every month (except December) for our free lectures featuring topics of interest to gardeners and naturalists.

Lectures are held at 7 PM at the Rust Library, Old Waterford Rd, Leesburg, which is accessible from the Ida Lee Park Recreation Center parking lot, unless noted otherwise.


January 5, 2017  – “The Healing Nature of Gardening” by registered Horticultural Therapist (HTR) Jan P. Lane

A professional look at the many benefits of gardening and how Horticultural Therapy can help people improve their physical, cognitive and social-emotional health. Her presentation will highlight HT programs serving adults with development disabilities, children’s hospitals, and a community garden for homeless individuals recovering from substance abuse. Rust Library 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.


February 2, 2017 –  “Finding Balance: It’s Not Easy Being Green” by Claudia Thompson-Deahl, Reston’s Senior Environmental Resource Manager (details to follow)


March 2, 2017  – “ A Garden Tour of the Emerald Isle” by Margery Erickson.

She’s shown us Giverny and England in previous EMG presentations, and this year, in time for St. Paddy’s Day and the imminent arrival of Spring, she’ll share her knowledge and stunning photos in an armchair garden tour of Ireland.


April 6, 2017  – “The Real Dirt: Trade Secrets from a Loudoun Vegetable Farmer” by Ellen Polishuk, Potomac Vegetable Farm