The Pen and the Trowel WITH MARTA MCDOWELL


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Marta McDowell author photo Sarma Ozols photographer

Emily Dickinson once described herself as “a lunatic on bulbs.” Frances Hodgson Burnett of Secret Garden fame, called herself “flower drunk.” For the past 30 years, Marta McDowell has been occupied—some might say preoccupied—with writers who garden.  Researching their horticultural interests has changed her planting beds as well as her bookshelves.  Starting with Mark Twain, one of Wave Hill House’s illustrious tenants, and connecting to authors ranging from Dickinson to Emerson, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Beatrix Potter and Burnett, McDowell will explore the writer-gardener connection in their gardens and her own.

Marta McDowell teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden and consults for private clients and public gardens.  Her latest book is Unearthing The Secret Garden, about the inspiration for the classic children’s book. Timber Press also published Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life, The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder, New York Times-bestselling All the Presidents’ Gardens, and Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life, now in its eighth printing.  Marta’s new book about garden themes in murder mysteries, is due out from Timber Press in 2023. She was the 2019 recipient of the Garden Club of America’s Sarah Chapman Francis Medal for outstanding literary achievement. 


Start Date: 10/27/22, 1 meeting
Class Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Day of Week: Thursday
Location: Lexington Depot, 13 Depot Square
Instructor: Marta McDowell
Status: Running/Openings