2016 Spring Garden Lecture Series

Presented by the Friends of Villa Terrace


Thomas Jefferson's  Revolutionary Garden at Monticello | Peter Hatch

Wednesday, March 2

Peter Hatch is the Emeritus Director of Gardens and Grounds where for over 35 years he oversaw the restoration, maintenance, and interpertation of Thomas Jefferson's gardens and 2400-acre landscape. Hatch has lectured in 37 states on Monticello and the history of garden plants, and is the author of four books, including A Rich Spot of Earth, an award winning study of Jefferson's vegtable garden at Monticello. He is also a White House garden consultant.


Rotary Botanic Gardens ~ Past, Present and Future | Mark Dwyer
Wednesday, March 16

Mark has been the
Director of Horticulture at the Rotary Botanic Gardens in Janesville, Wisconsin for the past 17 years. He directs the continued maintenance and improvement of this 20-acre botanical resource with a talented grounds staff and many dedicated volunteers. Mark has degrees in landscape architecture and urban forestry. His true passion is obtaining, growing, and photographing all types of plants.

From Idea to Reality | Craig Bergmann and Russell Bulata

Wednesday, March 30

Craig Bergmann is a registered landscape architect and Head Gardener, Russ Bualta, a valued employee for over 25 years, will discuss the garden design process and maintenance practices that have resulted in exemplary gardens which stand the test of time from design through final maintenance. Craig and Russ will outline the process that keeps the integrity of a well-designed garden in place for years to come.

Bonsai: Myth Explained and Secrets Revealed | Ron Fortmann

Wednesday, April 6

Ron Fortmann is a self-taught Bonsai master with 21 years of experience. His collection of Bonasi trees has grown to about 75. Bonsai is truly an art form that takes the artist on a journey of discovery of oneself and the potential of the material, because unlike other artforms, Bonsai is never finished. It is constantly evolving and changing every decision made, some with great rewards and some with dire consequenses.

Each lecture is  $25 / $20 Museum Members
Entire Garden Lecture Series is $95 / $75 Museum Members
Register with Eileen at 262-242-6095 or at