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Unearthing The Secret Garden

February 24 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Unearthing The Secret Garden

Marta McDowell, author, lecturer, and garden consultant

UDBG Friends Members:  $10;  Nonmembers: $15      (Held via Zoom)

Registration is required for this event. To register and pay via credit card, please use our online form. You will be sent zoom link close to the class time. Be sure to download the Zoom app.


Secret Garden book cover

Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic The Secret Garden has inspired generations of readers to cultivate their own bits of earth. I still remember the thrill of reading about Mary Lennox turning the key in the door to the locked garden for the first time. This lecture explores Burnett’s life, work, and the passion for flowers and gardening that inspired her book.


Marta McDowellMarta McDowell teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden and consults for private clients and public gardens.  Her latest book is Unearthing The Secret Garden, about the inspiration for the classic children’s book. Timber Press also published Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life, The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder, New York Times-bestselling All the Presidents’ Gardens, and Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life, now in its eighth printing.  Marta’s new book about garden themes in murder mysteries, is due out from Timber Press in 2023. She was the 2019 recipient of the Garden Club of America’s Sarah Chapman Francis Medal for outstanding literary achievement.



February 24
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm