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Arboretum Series: History of the White House Gardens


Marta McDowell
Marta McDowell

The Hamilton College Arboretum’s 2016-17 Third Saturday Series continues with Marta McDowell, a landscape gardener and writer. She will speak about the history of the White House gardens on Saturday, March 18, at 10 a.m., in the Kennedy Auditorium, Taylor Science Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.

In April 2016, McDowell’s All The Presidents’ Gardens was published by Timber Press. The book chronicles the untold history of the White House grounds, from the seed-collecting plant-obsessed George Washington to Michelle Obama’s focus on edibles. This book will serve as the basis for her lecture.

McDowell has published two other books, and currently has a fourth under contract with Timber Press. She has written for publications as diverse as Woman’s Day, Fine Gardening and The New York Times.

In 2000, she opened Marta McDowell Landscape Gardening, which provides consulting services on landscape design, preservation and gardening. McDowell earned a certificate in landscape design from the New York Botanical Garden, and has taught there and at Drew University.

Parking is available near the building. All Arboretum events are free and open to the public, and everyone interested in gardens and landscapes is encouraged to attend. Pre-registration is not required.

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