THE JULIA PICTON WALLACE LECTURE  will be held on Wednesday, October 24, 2018.

More details will be announced soon.




Michael Van Valkenburgh photographed in Brooklyn Bridge Park 2013.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018
9:30 a.m. Coffee, 10:00 a.m. Lecture
St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 717 Sage Road, 77056

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Michael is the founder of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, with offices in Brooklyn, New York and Cambridge, Massachusetts. The firm works at all scales, from the re-imagination of Waller Creek in Austin into a linear city park with ecological function, to small gardens at places like the Menil Collection in Houston and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Other recent projects include the restoration of Harvard Yard, Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh, The Obama Presidential Center in Chicago, Brooklyn Bridge Park, the new Greenway at Amherst College, A Gathering Place for Tulsa, and a series of park master planning projects at sites across Houston.

Michael earned a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and a Master of Fine Arts in Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Currently the Charles Eliot Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, Michael is a registered landscape architect in Texas and more than 25 other states.

The Garden Club of Houston is fortunate to be able to present a lecture open to the public each year thanks to the generosity of the families of two Club members who have underwritten lectures in their honor.

The Nancy Thomas Horticulture Lecture was established in 1995 and is held biennially in February. This event focuses on horticulture. Recent speakers have included Adriaan Geuze, William Cullina and Antonia Adezio.

Julia Picton Wallace Lecture, begun in 2006 and is held biennially in the fall, and is devoted to the subject of floral arrangement. These speakers are prominent floral artists who give a demonstration and speak about the methods and skills necessary to floral arranging. Presenters have included Elisa DeJong Stout, Natasha Lisitsa, Jane Godshall, Soho Sakai and Bruno Duarte.


For more information, please see the event program below.

The Nancy Thomas Horticulture Lecture program 2018



Molly Glentzer, Park designer Michael van Valkenburgh speaks to Houston gardeners about plants, Houston Chronicle, February 21, 2018.

Brenda Beust Smith, Nancy Stallworth Thomas, Lazy Gardener & Friends, February 21, 2018. (see below)