Emily Dickson’s Gardening Book Talk and Tea

Apr 26
2:00pm to 4:00pm


Celebrate spring in Alexandria with Old Town Books, Carlyle House Historic Park, Emily Dickinson, and Marta McDowell!

About this Event

Old Town Books is partnering with Carlyle House Historic Park for a tea time, author lecture, Q+A, and book signing. A $50 ticket includes tea and the book, as well as access to the event.

About the Book:

From New York Times bestselling author Marta McDowell, Emily Dickinson's Gardening Life: The Plants and Places That Inspired the Iconic Poet is an illustrated exploration of how gardening and plants inspired Emily Dickinson, one of the most beloved poets of all time. McDowell explores Dickinson's deep passion for plants and how it inspired and informed her writing. Tracing a year in the garden, the book reveals details few know about Dickinson and adds to our collective understanding of who she was as a person. By weaving together Dickinson's poems, excerpts from letters, contemporary and historical photograph, and botanical art, McDowell offers an enchanting new perspective on one of America's most celebrated but enigmatic literary figures.

About the Author:

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 Emily Dickinson's Gardening Life. Timber Press also published The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder, New York Times-bestselling All the Presidents' Gardens, and Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life, now in its seventh printing. Marta is working on a new book about The Secret Garden and its author Frances Hodgson Burnett, due out from Timber Press in 2022. She is the 2019 recipient of the Garden Club of America's Sarah Chapman Francis Medal for outstanding literary achievement.

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