As a connoisseur of garden design, the art of entertaining and Newport style, author Bettie Bearden Pardee is available for book signing events and lectures for both public and private audiences. 

Lecture Topics

Bettie’s most recent book, Living Newport: Houses, People, Style is the inspiration for a wide range of lecture topics, including:
Designing the Garden Rooms of Parterre
Newport: A Fabled Destination
Chartreuse on the Loose: Wit and Whimsy in the Garden

Gilded Age Newport: The REAL Story Behind Downton Abbey
Newport Lifestyle Revealed: Setting Design Standards

Additional popular lecture topics include:
A Marriage of Convenience: Storied Newport’s Houses & Gardens
Entertaining Newport Style…When Grace Kelly Was A Guest

Private Newport: French Style and Sensibilities

“The perfect speaker can be the reason for the success of an event. Accomplishments of your potential speaker generate the enthusiasm for attending the event. The real success, though, comes when a sold out audience leaves an event raving about the presentation, the content and the warm connect with the speaker. Bettie Pardee, author, editor and designer is that perfect person!”Ann Lawrence, Dallas Alumnae Association of KKG

“The word in Montecito salons is that you were ‘wonderful’, ‘brilliant in your field’, ‘highly articulate’, ‘charming’, and ‘a genuinely nice person.’ What high praise!…You brought great credit to the Collectors Series…and I personally am very indebted to you and proud of your success.”

George Anderjack, former Executive Director
Santa Barbara Historical Society

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Bettie has presented at:

“Bouquets to Art,”  De Young Museum | San Francisco, CA
Frelinghuysen Arboretum |  Morristown, NJ
Atlanta Botanical Garden  | Atlanta, GA
Santa Barbara Historical Society |  Santa Barbara, CA
Garden Education Center of Greenwich | Greenwich, CT
The Preservation Society of Newport County | Newport, RI
Huntsville Museum of Art | Hunstville, AL

Garden club presentations include:

Fort Worth Garden Club
Talbot County Garden Club
John’s Island Garden Club
The Founder’s Garden Club of Dallas
The Little Rock Garden Club
The Boston Committee of Garden Club of America
The Little Garden Club of Memphis
The Peachtree Garden Club (Atlanta)

Upcoming Events

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