McIntire Botanical Garden’s


“Reclaiming the City: A Focus on Human Centered Design” 

Delivered by Mikyoung Kim Award-Winning International Landscape Architect

Kim’s work around the world focuses on the healing properties of the landscape within the public realm. She is the lead designer behind the Master Plan for the McIntire Botanical Garden which recently received an Honor Award from the ASLA. She is also the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Cooper Hewitt National Design Award.



Sunday, March 8, 2020

Farmington Country Club

Tickets go on sale January 13th.


DONOR  | $125
Includes VIP Brunch with Mikyoung Kim (limited to 40 seats) and lectureship, followed by tea and scones.  
Includes lectureship only followed by tea and scones.
Groups of 8 are $50 each.
A limited number of student tickets are available.
All are invited to enjoy the silent auction and vendor tables.


11:00 – 11:30am         Vendors Market open to luncheon attendees 
11:30  –  1:00pm         Luncheon 
12:30  –  1:30               Vendors Market open to all attendees
1:30  –  3:00                 Lecture  
3:00  –  4:00                 Reception with Tea and Scones
3:00  –  4:00                 Vendors Market open to all attendees
3:45                                 Silent Auction


The Ian Robertson Legacy: Lectureship  is McIntire Botanical Garden’s annual horticultural lecture series. It fulfills the Garden’s educational mission while honoring the late Ian Robertson, an internationally known and beloved horticulturalist who lived in Albemarle County, Virginia. The Lectureship also serves as a fundraiser: initially for the design and construction of the Garden and in future years to help sustain the Garden.

In March 2017, the Board of McIntire Botanical Garden and the Friends of Ian Robertson formalized a partnership to endow this annual educational lecture series and to build a structural element in the future Garden to recognize Ian’s numerous contributions to horticulture, landscape design, and education.



Mikyoung Kim is an award-winning international designer who brings innovative ideas to the urban landscape. She is known for culturally significant designs that serve as a powerful tool to celebrate the beauty of the collective human experience.

Mikyoung’s diverse background in design and sculpture has shaped her body of work, blurring the boundaries between landscape architecture and environmental art. From children’s playgrounds to city parks and urban master plans, her work reflects a deep commitment to memorable place making that captures the public imagination.

Her landscapes bring a richly layered civic experience to the public realm that engages the senses for a multi-generational audience. For more information please visit



Ian RobertsonThe late Ian Robertson was a master horticulturalist and internationally known garden designer who left his mark on gardens all over the globe. He was especially proud of his work at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Virginia, where he designed the Henry M. Flagler Perennial Garden, among others.

Educated at Edinburgh University, Ian found his spiritual home in Scotland. He was an avid intellectual, a talented and enthusiastic educator, and an accomplished writer. He was a lecturer of horticulture and landscape design at Piedmont Virginia Community College as well as an instructor at the Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs Landscape Design Institute and at Master Gardeners and the Virginia Native Plant Society. His book, Six Thousand Years Up the Garden Path, carries the reader through a whimsical yet scholarly history of gardens.

Ian is fondly remembered for his effervescent charm, sparkling wit, boundless enthusiasm for nature and the environment, and his deep love for his family. Ian considered his ​greatest creation was the building of his wonderful family, and he took great joy in his close-knit and ever-growing tribe.

Ian was a rare and special person who touched the lives of so many others. On November 4, 2014, at the age of 76, Ian passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family at his home in Charlottesville, Virginia. On that day, the world lost a master horticulturalist, but Ian’s legacy remains in the many seeds he planted both of trees and in the lives of those he loved.