A Tale of Two Gardeners: Beatrix Potter and Emily Dickinson
Author, teacher, and popular lecturer Marta McDowell relates a tale of two famous writers and their gardens in this lecture.
Reclusive poet Emily Dickinson, known as the “Belle of Amherst,” lived a life of relative obscurity but posthumously became celebrated as one of America’s greatest poets. In Amherst, she was known as a consummate gardener, gathering wildflowers from fields around town, sending bouquets of flowers grown in her own garden to friends, studying botany at Amherst Academy, and tending her conservatory off her father’s study.
Beloved author and illustrator Beatrix Potter’s captivating children’s books starring rabbits, ducks, and mice have sold more than 150 million copies throughout the world. In real life, Potter was as much a naturalist and gardener as a writer, eventually owning a series of farms in England’s Lake District. She worked with the district’s natural beauty and farming traditions, becoming an early advocate of sustainable agriculture and a pioneering landscape preservationist and conservationist.
Marta McDowell is particularly interested in the relationship between the “pen and the trowel”— people who, like her, are passionate about both writing and gardening. Her books, including Emily Dickinson’s Gardens: A Celebration of a Poet and Gardener (2004) and Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life: The Plants and Places That Inspired the Classic Children’s Tales (2013), explore these passions in these women’s lives. Her lecture promises to delight all who love gardens and either or both of these gardening women.
There will be a book sale and signing following the lecture. Take advantage, too, of the assortment of tea, scones, and fruit available on the Breakfast Porch.
$18 Member, $23 Non-member
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Marta McDowell / firstname.lastname@example.org / 29 Pine Street, Chatham, NJ 07928 / T. 973.229.8150 / www.martamcdowell.com
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