Hope Taft & Guy DennyLakeside Chautauqua will host gardening enthusiasts from across the Midwest for a premier event, titled Lakeside in Bloom, from Saturday, June 27-Tuesday, June 30.

Throughout this four-day event, Lakeside Chautauqua will offer lectures, workshops, cultural arts performances and a self-guided Garden Tour, showcasing private and community gardens.

The keynote speakers include Hope Taft, former First Lady of Ohio; Guy Denny, former Chief of Natural Areas & Preserves for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources; Amanda Patton, an award-winning English garden designer.

At 2 p.m. Sunday, June 28 in Orchestra Hall, Taft and Denny will present a lecture, titled ‘Painting Ohio in Broad Brushstrokes,’ with a focus on the vision, construction and upkeep of the Ohio Governor’s Residence and Heritage Garden in Columbus, Ohio.

Following the lecture, Taft and Denny will sell and sign copies of the book, Our First Family’s Home: The Ohio Governor’s Residence and Heritage Garden. Copies will also be for sale at The Fine Print bookstore.

Taft served as First Lady of Ohio from 1999-2007. During her time as First Lady, she worked to transform the Governor’s Residence into a Living Museum as a way to preserve the property’s rich heritage. The project included the creation of the Ohio Heritage Garden, a botanical garden of native plants designed to replicate the major ecosystems throughout Ohio.

Today, she oversees the garden’s development and maintenance as chair of the Heritage Garden Committee of The Friends of the Ohio Governor’s Residence and Heritage Garden, a non-partisan, non-profit organization. She also organizes more than 100 volunteers to help maintain the garden on a yearly basis.

She is an honorary Master Gardener and an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist.

Denny is an interpretive naturalist, writer and photographer with a wealth of knowledge about the natural history of Ohio.

He served as the Chief of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Natural Areas & Preserves (DNAP) for 33 years, before retiring in 1999. In this role, he was responsible for administering the state’s natural areas and scenic rivers programs.

Denny is author of several booklets and articles on Ohio’s natural history and is the former editor of the DNAP Newsletter, in which he published numerous articles and photographs.

On Monday, June 29 and Tuesday, June 30, Patton will present a series of lectures, titled ‘Gardening as Landscape Painting: Toward a New Naturalism,’ that will explore the creation of naturalistic planting schemes and their suitability for gardens large or small.

Her lectures topics include ‘Gardening as Landscape Painting: Principles of Art,’ ‘Gardening as Landscape Painting: Elements of Art,’ ‘A New Naturalism: The Blank Canvas’ and ‘A New Naturalism: The Palette’ and will take place at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, respectfully, in Orchestra Hall.

Patton is an English garden designer who has created Show Gardens at the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show.

She worked as a freelance illustrator for 20 years before turning to gardens 15 years ago. Her work with gardens, a fusion of contemporary forms with a naturalistic planting style, has been featured in a number of books and magazines.

Today, Patton is a registered member of the Society of Garden Designers and a member of the Garden Media Guild.  She regularly contributes articles on a variety of garden-related topics for international magazines, including Homes and Gardens.

Purchasing a Chautauqua Pass to enter Lakeside grants access to these lectures at no additional charge. A Chautauqua Pass is $20.50 for adults and $14 for youth (ages 12-18) per day and allows free access to programs on the day you enter Lakeside, as well as until 7 p.m. the following day.

Children under age 12 and guests over the age of 90 are always free. Chautauqua Passes may be purchased in advance at www.lakesideohio.com/passes or upon entering the gates of Lakeside.

To park on the grounds, an Auto Pass is required for $10 per day (complimentary shuttle service is available at select locations). Parking is also available at the South Gate Parking Lot for $5 per day (complimentary shuttle service is available from the parking lot) and the Danbury School Parking Lot for $1 per day (no shuttle service and limited parking dates based on school schedule).

For details about admission to Lakeside Chautauqua or parking, visit www.lakesideohio.com/passes or contact (419) 798-4461, ext. 247.