John’s Live Appearances

To contact John Bartram through his amanuensis Kirk R. Brown email: 

John Bartram regularly updates the places that he can be found in his many appearances.  His sitings will be posted as they are known.  He also takes this opportunity to post association and industry events that are noteworthy in and of themselves.  Stay tuned for upcoming dates!

John Bartram Lives Kirk R. Brown

John Bartram appears as the welcoming host with the doorman at the the house of the American Society of Colonial Dames.


Friends of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum New Year’s Members Celebration, Morristown NJ

P.E.P. Club, Asbury United Methodist Church, Allentown, PA

Davidson Horticultural Symposium, Keynote Address, Davidson North Carolina

Capitol Hill Garden Club, Washington DC

Society of Colonial Wars, State of New Jersey’s Spring Court, Princeton NJ

Tulsa Herb Association, Keynote address and Annual members luncheon, Tulsa OK

Johnstone Lecture, Southern Garden Heritage Conference, Athens GA


Indiana International Society of Arborists Winter Conference

Horticopia, Greenville South Carolina, Greenville Master Gardeners Conference

New England Grows

Delaware Center for Horticulture, Wilmington Delaware

Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades.  Technical advisor to their Philadelphia Flower Show exhibit on the colonial plant trade with Bartram’s Boxes.

Philadelphia Flower Show–“Brilliant!” tribute to England and English gardening styles through the centuries.

Michigan Herb Society.  Lansing Michigan.  Key note presentation and two additional break-out sessions on Bartram’s herb introductions and pharmacology

New Jersey Landscape Design School at Rutgers University.  Two design course lectures on “Color Harmony in the Garden” and “Landscape Design Resources.”

Lehigh Carbon Vocational Technical Institute academic advisory panel

Kimmel Center:  “Chef Walter Staib presents A Taste of History”  Videotaped appearance with George and Martha Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John and Abigail Adams, Betsy Ross and Thomas Jefferson.

Sustainable SITES and Washington Highlights.  American University, The Capitol Building, Dumbarton Oaks.  Garden Writers Association Region II Meeting organization and planning.

Westchester University.  Recognition of the University becoming an official Tree Campus USA host during Earth Week celebrations.  Gordon Natural Area 40th Anniversary celebration.

Zwingli Church, Souderton PA annual Gardener’s Day keynote speaker.

Sustainable Gardening Virtual Library Forum Stakeholder’s Meeting.  Longwood Gardens.

Rock Spring Garden Club celebrating their 60th Anniversary with luncheon and keynote address at the Washington DC Golf and Country Club

Gloucester County Cultural and Heritage Commission at Red Bank Battlefield

100th Anniversary Garden Clubs of America.  Central Park Conservancy, New York NY

Nemours Mansion and Gardens

Quaker Routes to Horticulture.  Garden Writers Association Region II meeting.  Awbury Arboretum, Stenton House and Gardens, Meadowbrook House and Garden.  Organization and Planning

Garden Writers International Symposium, Quebec Canada.

Scarsdale Woman’s Club, Scarsdale NY

The Great Colonial Festival and Fine Crafts Fair, St. Peter’s Church in the Great Valley

Botany of Empire, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington DC

Chestertown Garden Club, Eastern Shore MD

Kendal-Crosslands Community and Arboretum, Kennett Square, PA

Jenkins Arboretum, Devon PA

Franklin County Master Gardeners Fall Awards Banquet, Penn State Extension, Chambersburg PA

Pennsylvania Garden Clubs of America Design School.  Lancaster PA

Questers–various regional meetings throughout and across Pennsylvania and New Jersey


National Green Center/Expo–Kansas City, Kansas

Master Gardeners Annual Awards Dinner–Collegeville PA

Tropical Plant Industry Expo, Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association–Ft. Lauderdale FL

Management Clinic, American Nursery and Landscape Association–Louisville Kentucky

Mid Atlantic Horticultural Shortcourse, Virginia Master Gardeners Association–Newport News, VA

Region II Meeting, Garden Writers Association–Allentown, PA

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Philadelphia International Flower Show–Philadelphia PA

Junior League of Philadelphia–Philadelphia

Garden Clubs of New Jersey Design School, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, NJ

Upper Moreland Historical Association–Willow Grove, PA

Oklahoma Master Gardeners Association Philadelphia Gardens Tour–Kennet Square, PA

Hunterdon Hills Garden Club–Hunterdon Hills, NJ

Rake and Hoe Garden Club–Westfield, NJ

Garfield Women’s Club–Scarsdale NY

Bethlehem Garden Club–Bethlehem PA

Region II Meeting, The Dupont Legacy–Wilmington DE

Friends Hospital, The Scattergood Legacy 200th Anniversary Celebration–Philadelphia PA

Westhampton Garden Club–Westhampton NY

Navesink Garden Club, New Jersey Garden Clubs–Rumson, NJ

Perennial Plant Association Symposium–Boston MA

Oakland County Master Gardeners Association, Oakland County MI

International Society of Arborists Symposium–Portland OR

Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener/Landscape Conference–Rochester NY

Garden Writers Association International Symposium–Tucson AZ

Haverford Arboretum, Annual Board of Directors Dinner Gala–Haverford PA

John Bartram aka Kirk R. Brown has appeared at the following venues as key note speaker, horticulturist, business lecturer and/or design class presenter.

Wayne Woods, Roberts Elementary School.  Croton Road, Wayne, Pennsylvania

Cook’s Creek Watershed Association, Springtown PA 

Norristown Garden Club.

National Safety Council Annual Symposium:  John Bartram appears in festive guise for the annual Hallowe’en Party with Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

Jenkins Arboretum, Devon PA

Pinelands Garden Club, Medford Leas, NJ

Lehigh Valley Rhododendron Society. Hellertown PA.

Awbury Arboretum.  Philadelphia PA (Germantown)

City Gardens of New York City at the National Society of Colonial Dames.  New York, NY

Annual Muhlenberg Santa Lucia Service as Carl Linnaeus at the Viking Lodge/Scandinavian Christmas Dinner.

10 responses

  1. Heard from Joanne Kostecky that you will doing a show on Frederick Law Olmsted. When and where???

    Doug Olmstead (a very distant descendent)

  2. your program on John Bartram sounds very interesting! please send details of fees, availability and technical requirements as the Annapolis (MD) Horticulture Society is now scheduling programs for next season – thanks! Nancie Kennedy, Program Cmt

    • I believe that I spoke to someone from your association in years past. Perhaps you can refer to an appearance that I made at Green Springs Garden this summer just past. It was a wonderful trip for me. My son lives very close to you! We shall be in further communication…

  3. Nancie Kennedy has asked me to come and see your performance in relationship to the Annap Hort Soc’s programs. She indicated that you would be at the Philly Flower show on March 2. I have search their website and see that the show starts on March 4. Can you tell me if you will be there, if so the date, and who I can contact about tickets.
    Tish Iorio, AHS

  4. Nancie Kennedy has asked me to attend one of your performances for our Program Committee. I was told you would be at the Philly Flower show on March 2. I have combed their site and see nothing about it. Additionally, it appears the show doesn’t open until March 4.

    Could you give me any info about your performance there and who I can contact about tickets for it.
    Tish Iorio

    • The appearance at the Flower Show is unconfirmed as to date/time at this writing. It would be under the sponsorship of Mantis Tillers. Kirk will be at the show for meetings over the weekend prior to opening on Monday morning. We can stay in touch in the mean time. In the normal presentation venue associated with the show, all you need to pay for is the admission to the Flower Show Floor. All lectures and presentations are included in the price of the overall admission.

  5. Just had a most delightful experience at the 30th Davidson Horticultural Symposium…”John Bartram’s” presentation was not only historically appealing, but entertaining as well. I feel so fortunate to have been present at this wonderful lecture!

  6. Your presentation on ‘Quaker-Made Gardens” at Northampton Community College today was excellent! Enjoyed your return visit very much. Pleased you will be teaching at NCC in the future.
    Elaine Schadler

    • Thanks for your kind words. I’ve been very busy on the road! I am back at NCCC on Wednesday night teaching a new course on Landscape Lighting. Something entirely different! Marsha sent me my reviews. I’m hoping to come back in the Fall with another new lecture.

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