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Week Six: Brown Bag Lecture


“Gardening With The Edisons”
Speaker/Guide: Marta McDowell

Author and teaches landscape history and horticulture at the NY Botanical Garden
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

In their 40-plus year marriage, Mina Miller Edison and Thomas Edison created three gardens at their homes in West Orange, NJ, Fort Meyers, FL, and of course here at Chautauqua. They worked with Ellen Shipman, one if the premier landscape designers of their day. Mina was president for the Chautauqua Bird, Tree, and Garden Club. Thomas set up a botanic research laboratory with Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone. Come learn about what the Edisons grew, how they grew it, and the amazing research Thomas did into the possibilities of plants.

Marta McDowell teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden where she has been twice awarded "Instructor of the Year." She consults for private clients and public gardens. Her garden writing has appeared in popular publications such as Woman’s Day, Country Gardening and The New York Times.  Her first book Emily Dickenson’s Garden came out in 2005. Marta won a 2014 Gold Award from the Garden Writers Association for her book Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life. Her 2015 book on the history of American gardening as seen through the White House grounds is called All the Presidents’ Gardens, which was on the New York Times bestsellers list.

BTG's weekly Tuesday 12:15pm lecture platform features national experts presenting a range of topics concerning the natural world: wildlife, gardening, and the environment. Bring you lunch to Smith Wilkes Hall - lemon water provided. This signature lecture, usually with a slide show followed by Q&A, lasts approximately an hour. Engage with nature!


Earlier Event: July 30
Week Six: Bird Talk and Walk
Later Event: July 30
Week Six: Garden Walk