Members Book Club: Of Arms and Artists: The American Revolution Through Painters’ Eyes by Paul Staiti

Begins Wednesday, September 9
↻ Repeats each Wednesday through October 7
Charles Willson Peale, 1741–1827, Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Robinson, 1795, oil on canvas. Gift of Barbara B. Millhouse.
Join Reynolda House staff over a five-week period for an online exploration of America’s origin story through fine art. Three of the five featured artists in Paul Staiti’s Of Arms and Artists: The American Revolution Through Painters’ Eyes–Charles Wilson Peale, Gilbert Stuart, and John Singleton Copley–are represented in the Museum’s collection.

The collective stories of these artists from the revolutionary past will offer Museum Members a deeper understanding of our democracy’s origins and national identity today. To purchase a book from the Museum Store, please contact Beth Warren at

To register for this virtual program, please email

If you aren't a Museum Member, contact Geoff Puttkammer at
Family First: Mythological Beast Bookbinding Workshop

Sunday, September 13
2–4 p.m.
$15, $10 Museum Members
Classical mythology includes a range of beasts combining different animals-a griffin, for example, blends the body of a lion with the head and wings of an eagle. Learn bookbinding techniques to create your own bestiary of interchangeable animals and monsters. Each page turn offers a unique animal creation. Kits will be available for completing this project at home.

Family First workshops will take place outdoors in front of the Museum, with enrollment limited to six families. In the event of inclement weather, kits will be available for pick up on-site. If the Museum is open, we will include time for you to visit on your own; otherwise we will provide a family pass for a later visit. For some workshops, there is the option to pick up materials and complete the activity at home, with instructions provided through written or video instructions. Please note that we are following social distancing guidelines and requiring anyone over the age of 11 to wear a face covering.
Beyond the Glass Ceiling: Agnes Northrup, Designer of Tiffany Windows

Thursday, September 17
7 p.m.
Free; offered exclusively for Museum Members and members of the ICAA-NC
Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen
Anthony W. and Lulu C. Wang Curator of American Decorative Arts The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This virtual Zoom lecture will bring to light new research on Agnes Northrop, the only truly independent woman designer Louis Comfort Tiffany employed. Northrop, under Tiffany’s aegis, introduced wholly new subjects to stained glass—landscapes and gardens—for both religious and domestic settings, and designed some of the most memorable windows to emerge from Tiffany Studios.

Sponsored by the Institute for Classical Architecture and Art, North Carolina Chapter
Native Plant Sale

Saturday, September 26
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Gardening with native plants is taking part in a collective effort to preserve biological diversity. These plants do the best job of nurturing and sustaining the living landscape for native wildlife. Visit Reynolda Gardens for this unique sale that will feature a wide variety of woody plants and native perennials. Advance appointment sign-ups for timed plant sale visitation outside at Reynolda will be required and Friends of the Gardens will receive priority sign-up access. Stay tuned for additional details.

Not yet a Friend of the Gardens? Visit or contact Sarah Blackwell at for more information on how you can support the Gardens. 
Secrets of a Well-Seasoned Garden

Tuesday, September 29
12:30 p.m., Free (All Gardens talks will take place virtually this fall)
Join Horticulturalist Michelle Hawks, our own “seasoned” gardener, as she discusses the newly renovated herb gardens and the Gardens’ fresh approaches to maintaining its beloved vegetable beds.

Reynolda Gardens is grateful for the support of Pat Michal for restoration of the herb garden. Registration information for this Zoom talk will be shared via email.

Part of the Garden's free Tuesday Virtual Gardening Series.