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Spencer Lecture


Registration now open!

2022 Spencer Lecture

The Gardens of Mount Vernon

"Welcome Home, George Washington"

Featuring Dean Norton, Director of Horticulture at George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Thursday, March 3, 2022

Reception—5:30 p.m. | Auditorium

Talk—6 p.m. | Linn-Henley Lecture Hall

Free admission | Limited seating | Masks and preregistration are required

The health and safety of guests and staff are important to us. Currently, event occupancy is limited and masks are required in the Garden Center. Please check back prior to the event for the latest Covid-19 safety protocols.


“See to it that you keep it the Home of Washington." This was the charge of Ann Pamela Cunningham, the founder of the Mount Vernon Ladies Association upon her retirement in 1874. For more than 160 years, people have studied, researched, and dug the earth for clues helping make the home of George Washington one of the most accurately restored 18th-century estates in America. Dean Norton, director of horticulture at George Washington's Mount Vernon, will discuss the beauty, use, and importance of Mount Vernon’s gardens and landscape, as well as the estate's preservation through the years. With more than 50 years of employment with the Mount Vernon Ladies Association, Norton will present not a history lesson but rather an informative and entertaining look at the gardening world of George Washington, the Ladies Association, and personal stories.

Please note: If, after registering, you find that you are unable to attend our 2022 Spencer Lecture, please contact us at 205.414.3950 or [email protected] to release your seat(s) so others may attend. Thank you for supporting the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens!