Our summer author series. Enjoy a lecture and q & a session with author Kathryn Aalto about her new book Writing Wild, available for purchase through our online shop. Who are the pioneering and imaginative women who dared to take simple walks without the chaperone of men? To pick up a pen and write under their own names? To record their protests, poetry and prose? To change history? In Writing Wild, Kathryn Aalto lyrically profiles 25 women, both historical and current, whose influential nature writing has deepened our connection to and understanding of the natural world. These inspiring wordsmiths are scholars, spiritual seekers, conservationists, scientists, novelists, and explorers. They defy easy categorization but share a bold authenticity that makes their work distinct and universal. Part travel essay, literary biography, and cultural history, Writing Wild ventures into the landscapes and lives of extraordinary writers and encourages a new generation of women to pick up their pens, head outdoors, and start writing wild. This program is presented in collaboration with Tower Hill Botanic Garden and Timber Press.
Tower Hill’s gardens and meadows provide bountiful food and shelter for a variety of butterflies in both their adult and larval forms. Join Martha Gach from Mass Audubon to learn about a butterflys life cycle and how you can attract them to your own gardens. Walk the gardens with us to search for and identify some local species.
Plant a 12″ container with the classic herbs of fall and winter feasts: sage, rosemary, thyme, parsley and winter savory. Placed in a sunny spot and kept well-watered and fed, these hardy herbs will produce flavor-packed leaves well into the coldest months.
Many New England gardeners find shade a challenge to make appealing. It seems color, diversity and interest are lacking in those spaces. We’ll take a look at how the mood, plants, conditions, and a few design principles can act as our guide to stimulate new ideas.