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Joanne Walkovic Memorial Lecture
Lang Performing Arts Center
500 College Ave.
Swartmore, pa 19081
Sunday, January 09, 2022, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST
Category: Events

21st Century Landscapes

Speaker: George Coombs

The Joanne Walkovic Memorial Lecture is a co-sponsored program by the Hardy Plant Society/Mid-Atlantic Chapter and the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College. This lecture is free and open to the public but registration is required.



The challenges our planet faces in the wake of climate change and globalization are so enormous that it can be easy to feel helpless. However, the way we think and act on the landscape can lead to significant impact if we work together as a community. George Coombs, Director of Horticulture at Mt. Cuba Center, will propose a new horticultural paradigm for the 21st century that seeks to build a more resilient nature, both in your backyard and beyond.

George Coombs is the Director of Horticulture at Mt. Cuba Center (, a public garden dedicated to promoting native plants and sustainable landscape practices, where he oversees all aspects of the gardens and grounds. In previous roles at Mt. Cuba, George has conducted trial garden research on numerous genera, introduced new cultivars to the nursery trade, and published a report on the availability of native plants in the Mid-Atlantic.


Important information about this program:

· This event is scheduled to be an in-person program at Swarthmore College in the Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema. All attendees must wear masks and have proof of their Covid-19 vaccination.

· This is a free program, but online registration is required to attend; it will not be recorded if it takes place in person. Registration will open in mid-December.

· Space may be limited so we recommend registering early to secure a spot.

· In the event we must cancel this as an in-person program, we will offer it as a virtual webinar.

Contact: Janet Caputo at [email protected]