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.

Wege Environmental Lecture

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

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 and Adrian Bloom. This year's speaker is Dr. Kendall Brown. See Events section below for more information.

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 yet to be announced.

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 brings notable physicians working as authors to speak about topics related to power of art, in this the case the written word, to heal. The first speaker in this series will be Dr. Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone. See Events section below for more information.


Japanese Gardens Here and There: Essences and Evolutions
Don't miss this thought-provoking talk from one of the leading figures in Japanese gardens in North America.

Saving Tropical Forests: An Innovative Approach
Join us for an engaging evening with groundbreaking biologist, ecologist and conservationist Daniel H. Janzen.