Member Speaker Series: All the Presidents' Gardens
October 22, 2020
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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As Election Day nears, join author and historian Marta McDowell for an entertaining look at how the White House grounds have grown with 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 there, and presidents have landed and retreated many times over. Throughout it all, the grounds have remained not only beautiful, but also a powerful reflection of American trends.

Marta McDowell will share the untold history of the White House grounds, starting with plant-obsessed George Washington and ending with Michelle Obama’s kitchen garden. History buffs will revel in the fascinating tidbits about Lincoln’s goats, Ike’s putting green, Jackie’s iconic roses, and Amy Carter’s tree house. 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. 

Marta McDowell teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanic Garden and consults for private clients and public gardens.  Her latest book is Emily Dickinson's Gardening Life. Additional works include 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 2021. She is the 2019 recipient of the Garden Club of America's Sarah Chapman Francis Medal for 

Free for Garden Members