The Master Lecture Series

The Master Lecture Series

World-renowned gardeners, artists, authors, physicians and speakers.

The Master Lecture Series brings world-renowned gardeners, artists, authors and speakers to Meijer Gardens each spring and fall. Held in the Grand Room, lectures are free for members and included with admission for non-members.

Environmental Lecture

The Environmental lecture presents speakers and topics related to the natural environment. Past speakers include Louie Schwartzberg, Lee Stetson and Daniel Janzen with his wife and research partner, Winnifred Hallwachs. See Events section below for more information on future Environmental lectures.

Secchia Garden Lecture

In April, Meijer Gardens hosts the Secchia Garden Lecture, which features internationally recognized gardeners speaking on a variety of horticultural topics. Past presenters include Peter Hatch, Paula Hayes, Sydney Eddison, Adrian Bloom and Dr. Kendall Brown. Kerry Ann Mendez will be speaking at the 2017 Secchia Garden Lecture. See Events section below for more information on future Secchia Garden Lectures.

C. Schoenknecht & W. Paul Sculpture Lecture

Each October, the C. Schoenknecht & W. Paul Sculpture Lecture brings to Meijer Gardens an internationally acclaimed sculptor to speak about his or her work. Often, the speaker has work on display in the permanent collection. Past sculptors include Jenny Holzer, David Nash, Bernar Venet and Beverly Pepper. This year's speaker is Julia Gruen.

Great Authors Lecture

Every other autumn, an author writing on topics regarding the mission of Meijer Gardens presents a related lecture. Recent authors include Geoff, Dyer, Alexandra Fuller, Jorie Graham and Ian Frazier. The next Great Authors Lecture will be held in 2017.

Physician As Writer Lecture

Debuting in October 2016, this new lecture will feature doctors who are also highly accomplished writers and speakers, as we explore the parallels of writing and medicine and the power of art—in this case the written word—to heal. The inaugural event in this new series featured Dr. Abraham Verghese. See Events section below for more information on future Physician As Writer lectures.


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The Master Lecture Series

Join us to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Julia.