Iris cristata  (Dwarf Crested Iris)
Credit: Betty Truax, Jefferson Chapter, VNPS

The McIntire Botanical Garden’s 2nd Annual


Saturday, September 29, 2018

Morven Farm in Albemarle County, Virginia

FRANK ROBINSON President Emeritus, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, Virginia

 Mark your calendar and plan to attend!

Featured Lecturer will be Frank Robinson, President Emeritus of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Further details will be announced here in the summer of 2018.

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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 will help to sustain it in the future.

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.


The late Ian Robertson was a master horticulturalist, internationally known garden designer, educator, and author. Ian left his mark on gardens that spanned 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 accomplished writer, avid intellectual, and talented and enthusiastic educator. Ian’s greatest creation was in the building of a wonderful family. As the master of ceremonies at every event, Ian brought his wonderful sense of humor and incredible warmth to every family occasion and took great joy from the close-knit and ever-growing tribe that consistently frequented the family home. He was a rare and special person who touched the lives of so many others. Ian was also a lecturer of Horticulture and Landscape Design at Piedmont Virginia Community College, an instructor at the Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs Landscape Design Institute, and an instructor for Master Gardeners and the Virginia Native Plant Society. At the age of 76, he passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family at his home in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. On that day, the world lost a master gardener, but Ian’s legacy remains in the many seeds he planted both of trees and in the lives of those he loved.