Benjamin Blackburn Scholarship Lecture

Rob Cardillo: The Art of Garden Photography

Since 1979, the Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum have supported horticultural education through a scholarship named for Dr. Benjamin Blackburn. Join professional garden photographer Rob Cardillo as he illustrates the crafting of sweeping landscapes and compelling plant close-ups through engaging instructive stories. From pre-visualizing to post-processing, Rob will provide you with new tools and new ideas to help you find and translate your own vision of Eden, even if you only use an iPhone.

Rob Cardillo has been photographing gardens, plants and the people who love them for nearly thirty years. He has been credited as the primary photographer in over twenty-five books including The Art of Gardening at Chanticleer (by R.W. Thomas), The Layered Garden (by David Culp) and Chasing Eden (by Jack Staub). Rob’s work is also seen in publications such as Country Gardens, Gardens Illustrated and The New York Times. Along with his Blue Root Media partners, Rob provides editorial content for an award-winning regional gardening magazine, GROW, published quarterly by the venerable Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. Winner of numerous photography awards, Rob was inducted into the Garden Writer’s Association Hall of Fame in 2015. You can see more of his work on display in the gallery of the Haggerty Education Center throughout the month of February and at

Dr. Blackburn was a professor of Botany at Drew University. His involvement with the Morris County Park Commission began with his friendship with Henry and Robert Tubbs, whose property, Willowwood, eventually became the Willowwood Arboretum. Dr. Blackburn published many articles and wrote a number of books on gardening as well as being the host of a very popular radio gardening program. He generously shared his vast knowledge and deep love for horticulture with many staff members in the Horticulture Division and with his countless fans – members of the Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum and area garden clubs.

Admission fees support the scholarship that is offered to students in the Landscape Technology Program at County College of Morris. This scholarship allows inter- ested students the opportunity to explore the different horticultural, environmental, and design studies offered through the accredited CCM programs. The increased knowledge the students acquire in the classroom and through hands-on programs at CCM will benefit them as they enter their chosen field in horticulture and landscape design. Light refreshments follow the talk.

This program is eligible for 2.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s.

1:00p - 3:00p
Snow Date: Sun Feb 2
Haggerty Center
$40 members / $50 non-members
Saturday, February 1, 2020