Calendar 2017-2018                                     


Christmas Boutique

Dec 7, 2017 9:30am - 4:00pm 

Christmas Boutique in the Four Arts Sculpture Garden - open to the public.  

Shop for: Beautiful plants, Christmas gifts and much more from a variety of vendors old and new.

Speaker – Open to the public / Tickets: $10/ Free to Four Arts Members

Jan 18, 2017   2:30pm, Dixon Auditorium- “Saving Plants, Saving Ourselves” with Dr. Peter H. Raven and Dr. John Clark

            Enjoy a thought-provoking discussion on the state of the global environment with two esteemed scientists. Dr. Peter H. Ravenis one of the world’s leading botanists and advocates of conservation and biodiversity. For more than four decades, he headed the Missouri Botanical Garden. He retired as president in 2010 and assumed the role of president emeritus. Since 2012, Dr. Raven has served as chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Center for Plant Conservation now located at the San Diego Zoo Global. He has received numerous awards including Time magazine’s “Heroes of The Planet.” He is also a trustee of the National Geographic Society.

            Dr. John Clark is the President and CEO of the Center for Plant Conservation. He leads their national eforts to save endangered plants through scientific research, applied conservation, and technological innovation.

Speaker – Open to the public at no charge/no reservations required

Feb 28, 2018 10:00am   Annual GC Lecture in the 4 Arts Gubelmann Auditorium:

Duchess of Rutland

 “Belvoir Castle & Capability Brown—discovering a lost landscape”

            Belvoir Castle is the most fabulous fairy-tale castle in England. It has been in the same family for over a thousand years, and from its high hill it broods over immense tracts of Leicestershire and Lincolnshire. It is one of England’s great treasure houses and its chatelaine for the new millennium is Emma Manners, 11th Duchess of Rutland. Since taking charge of the estate she has shaken off the dust sheets and brought life back to a castle that had slept since World War II.

            Chief amongst her innumerable projects has been the restoration of the landscape, triggered by her recent discovery of the plans of England’s greatest landscape architect, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, drawn up in 1780 but shelved and long forgotten. Manners lost no time in ensuring Brown’s vision for Belvoir would at last be fulfilled. Her commitment to realize one of the most radical designs of Brown’s career has resulted in a landscape that is now regarded as a great masterpiece.

            Manners planned this project to celebrate the tercentenary of Brown’s birth. In 2016 Belvoir opened the restored areas of the estate to the public – never seen before were stunning views and vistas that Capability had planned for Belvoir over 250 years ago. Also in 2016, her work was commemorated in a three-part television documentary for Britain’s Channel 4 “Alan Titchmarsh on Capability Brown,” and in her book, “Capability Brown & Belvoir – Discovering a Lost Landscape.”


House and Garden Day Boutique

March 4, 2018 11:00am -  4:00pm

 The Plant and Gift Boutique opens in the Four Arts Plaza at 9:30 am and runs until 4:00 pm.