When we think of Beatrix Potter, we imagine blue-jacketed bunnies and other fuzzy fauna. But Beatrix Potter, an intriguing character in her own right, was also quite interested in plants and gardens. This lecture explores Potter’s botanical art, the flora and horticulture that appears in her “little books” and Potter’s own garden in England’s Lake District.
Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life is the first book to explore the origins of Beatrix Potter’s love of gardening and plants and shows how this passion came to be reflected in her work. The book won the Gold Award from the Garden Writers Association in August 2014 and is in its sixth printing.
$25 members; $35 nonmembers
$50 members with book; $60 nonmembers with book
Marta McDowell lives, writes and gardens in Chatham, New Jersey. She shares her garden with her husband, Kirke Bent, their crested cockatiel, Sydney, and assorted wildlife. Her garden writing has appeared in popular publications such as Woman’s Day, Country Gardening and The New York Times. Scholars and specialists have read her essays on American authors and their horticultural interests in the journals Hortus and Arnoldia. Her particular interest is in authors and their gardens, the connection between the pen and the trowel.