October author series at Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Tower Hill Botanic Garden is offering visitors a chance to hear from and meet a series of authors sure to excite any bookworm this October.

Space is limited, so make sure to reserve your spot before the event sells out.

Keep in mind these titles and more are often available at the Tower Hill Library and The Garden Shop!

Flavors of the season and region
Sunday, Oct. 8, 3pm
Chef Demonstration and Tasting is $7 for members and $20 for non-members, which includes admission to the gardens. Register here.
Presenter: Kathy Gunst
Kathy Gunst is author of numerous books including Soup Swap and Notes from a Maine Kitchen. In Soup Swap, she shows how there’s no better way to cultivate community, foster friendship, or simply nourish family than over heartwarming bowls of homemade soup. In Notes from a Maine Kitchen, Gunst takes us into her own kitchen, introducing us to the flavors of fresh, seasonal Maine ingredients prepared in simple and inspiring ways. With essays conveying the mood of each month, Gunst gives readers a sense of Maine food and life.

Heirloom Grapes of Massachusetts and New England
Saturday, Oct. 14, 1-2:30pm
Talk and Wine Tasting is $5 for members, and $7 for non-member $7, plus admission. Register here.
Presenter: J. Stephen Casscles
In Massachusetts, from the 1840s to 1880s, especially along Boston’s North Shore, there was a high concentration of grape and other fruit breeders, fruit and ornamental nurseries, horticulturalists, writers and publishers who actively collaborated with each other to develop new varieties of table and wine grapes. These horticultural pioneers not only bred new grape varieties and evaluated their usefulness for New England, and the rest of the United States, but formed associations such as the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and the American Pomological Society which disseminated horticultural knowledge to the region and the rest of the United States about many kinds of fruits and their cultivation. This talk will concentrate on the work of some of these pioneers, such as Edward Staniford Rogers of Salem, Marshall Pinckney Wilder of Dorchester and Charles Mason Hovey of Cambridge.

Herbs, Greens and Edible Flowers
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 11am-Noon
Free with Admission. Register here.
Presenter: Ellen Ecker Ogden, author of The Complete Kitchen Garden
Discover the wide world of flavor packed and nutrient rich herbs, greens and edible flowers, while learning the six steps to successful kitchen garden design. Create a tapestry of color and flavor with favorite European heirlooms such as mache, wild arugula, chicories and endives, plus the best culinary herbs for gardeners who love to cook. You’ll learn what to sow for a continuous harvest of healthy herbs all summer long and into the fall, that should be in every cook’s garden. This talks is co-sponsored with the New England Unit of the Herb Society of America. Speaker Ellen Ecker Ogden is an award-winning food and garden writer and kitchen garden designer who is known for her informative and fun loving garden talks. Her kitchen garden designs combine artistic elements with classic garden design techniques that elevate a backyard vegetable garden into a European inspired kitchen garden.

Celebrating cranberries
Sunday, Oct. 15, 3pm
Presenter: Sally Vargas
Chef Demonstration and Tasting is $7 for members and $20 for non-members, which includes admission to the gardens. Register here.
Presenter: Sally Vargas, author of The Cranberry Cookbook.
The Cranberry Cookbook celebrates the cranberry’s position as an honest American fruit, a true “local food.” Along with blueberries and Concord grapes, cranberries were growing on North American soil and were sustaining the natives, long before the Europeans crossed the Atlantic. With over 50 recipes, The Cranberry Cookbook is a gallery for the sweet-tart flavor and versatility of the cranberry. The recipes are not only traditional, but also reflect today’s vibrant, imaginative cooking style to which the cranberry easily adapts. Emphasizing the fruit’s American roots, The Cranberry Cookbook profiles the industry and is peppered with fun features and healthful facts.

The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes that Inspired the Little House Books
Sunday, Oct. 29, 12:30-1:30pm
Talk and Book-Signing is included with admission. Register here.
Presenter: Marta McDowell
This year is the 150th anniversary of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birthday. Her classic coming-of-age story, told through the beloved Little House books, still resonates today as an iconic story of American identity. The inspiration for Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books was born from a life lived in partnership with the land, on homesteads she and her family settled across the Midwest. The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder is a revealing exploration of the pioneer writer’s deep connection with the natural world. Following the trail of the Little House series-from Wisconsin to the Dakotas to Missouri-best-selling author Marta McDowell shares intimate details about Wilder and the plants, creatures, and landscapes that are so integral to her stories, they are practically their own characters. Marta McDowell lives, gardens, and writes in Chatham, New Jersey. Her previous books include Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life, Emily Dickinson’s Gardens, and All the Presidents’ Gardens.

Sunken Gardens 
Sunday, Oct. 29, 2-4pm
Talk, Demonstration and Book-Signing is included with the price of admission. Register here.
Presenter: Karen Randall
After learning the basic needs of aquatic plants and how they can be met in a home aquarium, watch a live aquascaping demonstration with plenty of opportunity for Q&A. Karen Randall, author of Sunken Gardens, is an international speaker on aquarium subjects, past president of the Boston Aquarium Society, and serves on the board of the Aquatic Gardeners Association. She was editor of the AGA magazine, The Aquatic Gardener for five years and is now technical editor of the magazine. She serves as a judge for both the AGA International Aquascaping Contest and the Aqua Design Amano International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest as well as serving on the jury of a number of live aquascaping contests. She has also served as a consultant on several major projects at public aquaria.

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