Local garden clubs organizing visit from famed author on April 7

HOLLIS – Each president leaves a personal imprint not only on the office, but on the White House itself. Garden historian Marta McDowell will be speak about her best-selling book “All the Presidents’ Gardens” at 2 p.m. on April 7 at Hollis Brookline High School.

The book explores the untold history of the White House grounds. From George Washington’s seed collecting to Michelle Obama’s vegetable gardens, it traces the story of how presidents and their families have left their imprint on the 18 acres surrounding the executive mansion. Learn fascinating tidbits about Abraham Lincoln’s goats, Ike’s putting green, Jackie’s iconic roses and Amy Carter’s tree house.

“All The Presidents’ Gardens” made the New York Times best-seller list in 2015 and won an American Horticultural Society book award. The book features new and historical photographs and art. Her book will be for sale, and she will be available to autograph copies. 

McDowell teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden, where she studied landscape design.

Her garden is included in the Smithsonian’s Archive of American Gardens and, in 2018, she will be gardener-in-residence at the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst. Her particular interest is in authors and their gardens, exploring the connection between the pen and the trowel. She has written a number of books on the subject, such as “Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life.”

The event is sponsored jointly by the Colonial Garden Club of Hollis, the Merrimack Garden Club, the Milford Garden Club and the Nashua Garden Club. This special event will be shared with other area garden clubs and the public at large.

Tickets are available in advance and at the door. To purchase tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/all-the-presidents-gardens-tickets-41704562469.