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Master Lecture Series: Secchia Garden Lecture with Jennifer Jewell

What We Sow in Cultivating Our Places
with Jennifer Jewell
Tuesday, March 26, 7 pm | FEE: Complimentary with Registration

We’re excited to welcome Jennifer Jewell to Meijer Gardens for the 2024 Secchia Garden Lecture. Jewell is an interviewer, a writer, a regular keynote speaker at national gardening conventions, and creator and host of the national award-winning weekly public radio program and podcast Cultivating Place: Conversations on Natural History and the Human Impulse to Garden. In her presentation, Jewell will explore the philosophy of Cultivating Place and walk you through the power of gardens and gardeners as exemplified by the subjects of her podcast. Together her books—The Earth in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants, Under the Western Skies: Visionary Gardens from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Coast, and What We Sow: On the Personal Ecological and Cultural Significance of Seeds—and the inspiring Midwestern gardens and gardeners she has collaborated with throughout her career are blueprints, guiding us in ways we can all grow our world better: more beautiful and braver.

The Earth in Her Hands and What We Sow will be available for sale in the DeVos-Keeler Gift Shop. A book signing with the author will immediately follow the lecture.

This annual lecture is made possible by the generosity of the Secchia family. Captioning and Spanish translation services will be provided for the lecture. Please direct questions to Eve Boyer: [email protected] or 616-975-3145. Onsite attendance to the Master Lecture Series is complimentary, though registration is required. This lecture will be livestreamed via Meijer Gardens’ YouTube channel and a recording will be available on our website to all for two weeks following the lecture.

Jennifer Jewell will feature Meijer Gardens on Cultivating Place during an interview with Steve LaWarre, Vice President of Horticulture, in early March. You won’t want to miss it!

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Mar 26 2024


7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Members (with ID) FREE
Adults (14-64) $20.00
Seniors (65 and older) $15.00
Students (with student ID) $15.00
Museums for All $2.00
Children (3-13) $10
Children (2 and younger) FREE