All The Presidents’ Gardens
North Jersey author Marta McDowell comes to Princeton to speak about her latest book.
By Sarah Emily Gilbert
In the midst of a tumultuous campaign season, author Marta McDowell brings us a place of political Zen: the White House grounds. Since its founding in 1800, our nation’s capital has been an 18-acre hub of garden inspirations, and McDowell captures it all in her new book, All the Presidents’ Gardens: Madison’s Cabbages to Kennedy’s Roses – How The White House Grounds Have Grown with America. From Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden to Michelle Obama’s Vegetable Garden, McDowell’s book provides an in-depth look at the evolution of the White House gardens and how they’ve influenced garden trends around the country.
On Saturday, June 11 at 3pm, the Chatham, NJ resident comes to Labyrinth Books in Princeton to speak about her latest title. A passionate gardener, the author studied landscape design at the New York Botanical Garden where she teaches landscape history and horticulture. Here, view some of the period photographs in McDowell’s book that show our capital’s changing political landscape. To purchase All The Presidents’ Gardens, visit www.timberpress.com.