Author Event: Marta McDowell - "All the Presidents' Gardens"

Event date: 
04/01/2024 - 7:00pm

Marta McDowell presents All the Presidents' Gardens, the rich history of the White House grounds, revealing how the story of the garden is also the story of America.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

This New York Times bestseller shares the rich history of the White House grounds, revealing how the story of the garden is also the story of America.

The 18-acres surrounding the White House have been an unwitting witness to history—kings and queens have dined there, bills and treaties have been signed, and presidents have landed and retreated. Throughout it all, the grounds have remained not only beautiful, but also a powerful reflection of American trends. In All the Presidents' Gardens bestselling author Marta McDowell tells the untold history of the White House grounds with historical and contemporary photographs, vintage seeds catalogs, and rare glimpses into Presidential pastimes. History buffs will revel in the fascinating tidbits about Lincoln’s goats, Ike's putting green, Jackie's iconic roses, Amy Carter's tree house, and Trump's controversial renovations. Gardeners will enjoy the information on the plants whose favor has come and gone over the years and the gardeners who have been responsible for it all. As one head gardener put it, “What’s great about the job is that our trees, our plants, our shrubs, know nothing about politics.”

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Marta McDowell’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, Woman’s Day, Country Gardening, and elsewhere. Her previous books include Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life, All the Presidents’ Gardens, The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life, and Unearthing The Secret Garden. She consults for public gardens and private clients, writes and lectures on gardening topics, and teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden, where she studied landscape design. She lives, writes, and gardens in Chatham, New Jersey.

(Photo credit: Virginia Hofler)

 

All the Presidents' Gardens: How the White House Grounds Have Grown with America By Marta McDowell Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781643262222
Availability: On our shelves now.
Published: Timber Press - January 2nd, 2024

Gardening Can Be Murder: How Poisonous Poppies, Sinister Shovels, and Grim Gardens Have Inspired Mystery Writers By Marta McDowell Cover Image
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Unearthing The Secret Garden: The Plants and Places That Inspired Frances Hodgson Burnett By Marta McDowell Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781604699906
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Published: Timber Press - October 12th, 2021

Emily Dickinson's Gardening Life: The Plants and Places That Inspired the Iconic Poet By Marta McDowell Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781604698220
Availability: On our shelves now.
Published: Timber Press - October 1st, 2019

The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes that Inspired the Little House Books By Marta McDowell Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781604697278
Availability: Usually ships to store in 4-6 days.
Published: Timber Press - September 20th, 2017

Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life: The Plants and Places That Inspired the Classic Children's Tales By Marta McDowell Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781604693638
Availability: Usually ships to store in 4-6 days.
Published: Timber Press - November 5th, 2013

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Healing Plants: From Elizabeth Blackwell's A Curious Herbal (Tiny Folio) By Marta McDowell (Editor) Cover Image
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$12.95
ISBN: 9780789214812
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Published: Abbeville Press - April 16th, 2024

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