Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life

Friday, March 22, 2024, 6–7 PM

Tickets: Free; advance registration is encouraged but not required.

Join Marta McDowell, author of the new publication Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life, for a lecture and book signing.

Beatrix Potter’s classic characters exist in a charmed world filled with flowers and gardens, a world born of Potter’s own passion for nature, its flora, and fauna. Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life takes the reader on an engaging and delightful journey through the intersection of gardening and literature. McDowell traces the development of Beatrix Potter’s life as a gardener, from her childhood interest in plants, through her realization as an artist and author, to her final years as an estate farmer and naturalist. The book begins with her gardener's biography, highlighting the key moments and places throughout Potter’s life, including her home Hill Top Farm in England's Lake District. Next, the reader follows Potter through a year in her garden, with a season-by-season overview of the blooms which inspired the beloved children’s author’s illustrations. Finally, the book culminates in a traveler's guide, with information on how and where to visit Potter's gardens today.

This lecture takes place in Gilder Lehrman Hall on the Ground Floor. Doors to the Hall will open 30 minutes before the program begins, and seating is on a first come, first served basis. The book signing will take place on Floor 1 next to the shop immediately following the lecture. The exhibition, Beatrix Potter: Drawn from Nature, will be open throughout the day before the program.

The book can be purchased in the Morgan Shop in person or online.

Please call (212) 685-0008 ext. 560 or e-mail for information.