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Join writer and literary scholar (and gardener) Marta McDowell in a three-session exploration of the horticultural sources of three iconic children’s book writers: Frances Hodgson Burnett (The Secret Garden), Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House on the Prairie) and Beatrix Potter (The Tale of Peter Rabbit).
For the past thirty years, McDowell has been fascinated by writers who garden, in particular authors of children’s books on both sides of the Atlantic. Participants will learn how these three writers’ interests in plants and nature influenced their books and, in turn, have influenced generations of new gardeners.
The first session on Frances Hodgson Burnett will cover how the writer discovered a passion for flower gardening later in life — and how it influenced the creation of The Secret Garden. The second session will follow the trail of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life, including how her family’s real-life homesteads across North America featured in her classic series. Excerpts from her books, letters, and diaries will highlight her profound appreciation for the plants landscapes that she recast in fiction. In the third session on Beatrix Potter, participants will look at how Potter’s childhood interest in plants guided her as an artist and author to create the world of Peter Rabbit to her final years as an estate farmer and conservationist in England’s Lake District.
October 13: Frances Hodgson Burnett
October 20: Laura Ingalls Wilder
October 27: Beatrix Potter
Purchase Unearthing the Secret Garden
These programs will take place on October 13, 20, and 27 from 3-4:30 pm ET. Programs will be recorded and available for later viewing.
Online programs:An access link will be emailed to you after purchase
In-person programs:Adults and children ages 12+ must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination in order to attend our in-person programs.
Masks must be worn at all times by everyone over the age of 2.
Marta McDowell is the author of Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life (Timber Press, 2019) and many other articles and books about authors who garden. She teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden.
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