The Miller Memorial Lecture

Mrs. Miller was dedicated to the education of gardeners and relished the opportunity to share her insights with others and to bring knowledgeable horticulturalists to the Pacific Northwest to share their experiences. As a lasting gift to the horticultural community, the Pendleton and Elisabeth Carey Miller Charitable Foundation, the Elisabeth Carey Miller Botanical Garden, the Northwest Horticultural Society and the Elisabeth C. Miller Library sponsor a free annual memorial lecture to remember the legacy of Betty Miller.

The Sponsors are pleased to announce the

21st Annual Elisabeth C. Miller Memorial Lecture


Helen Dillon

Thursday, September 10, 2015
Meany Hall for the Performing Arts at the University of Washington
Doors open at 6:15pm with the lecture beginning at 7:00pm. A free reception with refreshments will be held at the conclusion of the program.

Email invitations for this free lecture will be sent in August. To receive an invitation to this event as well as other Miller Garden and Great Plant Picks events please contact us at

Helen Dillon Helen Dillon's garden in Dublin
Past speakers have included:
2014: “A Tribute to Mrs. Miller and the Miller Legacy”
Val EastonDan HinkleySteve Lorton
(From left, above) Valerie Easton, writer, author and former manager of the Elisabeth C. Miller Library; Daniel Hinkley, writer, lecturer, plant explorer and nurseryman; and Steve Lorton, writer, lecturer and former NW Bureau Chief of Sunset Magazine
Tony Avent, Plantsman, Horticulturalist and owner of Plant Delights Nursery
Peter Raven, President Emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden
Lynden Miller, “Parks, Plants, and People: Beautifying the Urban Landscape”
Gordon Collier, “A Land Apart: New Zealand’s Remote Offshore Chatham Islands”
Roy Lancaster, “Mad About Plants — A Plantsman’s Garden”
Download Roy’s Plant List (PDF)
Kathryn Gustafson, “Landscape in a Changing Environment”, photo courtesy Charles Hopkinson
Graham Rankin, “The Most Beautiful Garden in Wales”
Peter Valder, “The Romance of Chinese Garden Plants: Their Role in Art, Literature, Symbolism and Everyday Life”
Julie Moir Messervy, “Inspired by Bach: Creating the Toronto Music Garden with Yo-Yo Ma” and blog at
Roger Phillips, “Adventures in Plants and Roses”
Frank Cabot, “The Maturing of a Garden”
Penelope Hobhouse, “Nature and Art: Keeping the Balance”
Daniel J. Hinkley, “Life in My Garden”
Ken Druse, “The Collector’s Garden”
Daniel J. Hinkley, “Endless Bounty: Plants for Northwest Gardens from Around the World”
Roy Lancaster, “Travels of a Plantsman: An Account of Recent Travels in China, Japan and Chile”
Judith Tankard, “Walking in the Bootsteps of Gertrude Jekyll: Her Influence on Beatrix Farrand and Ellen Shipman”
Jim Gardiner, “A Year at the RHS Garden: Past, Present and Future”
Sir Ghillean Prance, “Plant Diversity and Conservation from Brazil to Kew Gardens”