Curves, Carpets, and Color: Olmsted, the Dickinsons, and 19th Century Landscapes

Saturday May 5, 2018 at 7PM at the Homestead

 Join landscape historian and author Marta McDowell for an illustrated talk exploring the development of  American landscaping in the nineteenth century. While discussing developments in style, from formal to romantic to Victorian, we'll meet the great tastemakers of the 1800s, including the individual who cointed the term "landscape architect." For a century, Frederick Law Olmsted and his sons dominated the profession and left a lasting mark on the landscape and psyche of America. While most famous for his public parks, Olmsted's commissions included the Biltmore Estate, the World's Columbian Exposition, and college campuses ranging from Stanford to Amherst, where he was a guest of Austin Dickinson. 

 $12 for adults, $8 for Museum Friends, Free for participants of garden volunteer days May 5-6No reservations required.

about the speaker:

Marta McDowell is the 2018 gardener-in-residence at the Emily Dickinson Museum. She teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden and consults for private clients and public gardens.  Timber Press has published her recent books including The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes that Inspired the Little House Books in September 2017. All the Presidents' Gardens made the New York Times bestseller list in 2015 and won an American Horticultural Society book award. Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life won a 2014 Gold Award from the Garden Writers Association and is in its sixth printing.  Marta is working on a revision of her first book, Emily Dickinson's Gardens, due out in a full color edition by Timber Press in 2019.