#357: The Gardening Adventures of Laura Ingalls Wilder as told by Author Marta McDowell
In This Episode of the Vegetable Gardening Show
In this episode of the Vegetable Gardening show, Mike chats with award winning author Marta McDowell about her new book, "The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes that Inspired the Little House Books."
Marta will take you on journey through Laura Ingalls Wilder's adventures as she moved from one location to the next experiencing a roller coaster ride in her life.
We'll hear about how she gardened in the ozarks, about her apple orchard, some of the pitfalls she encountered, such as the great depression, world wars and more.
Marta will then transition to how her research on Laura Ingalls Wilder inspired her own gardens and what she grows.
About this episode's guest on the Vegetable Gardening Show, Marta McDowell
Marta McDowell lives, writes and gardens in Chatham, New Jersey. She shares her garden with her husband, Kirke Bent, their crested cockatiel, Sydney, and assorted wildlife. Her garden writing has appeared in popular publications such as Womanís Day, Country Gardening and The New York Times. Scholars and specialists have read her essays on American authors and their horticultural interests in the journals Hortus and Arnoldia.
Marta's latest book, The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder, tells the tale of the plants and places of the beloved author of the Little House series. Timber Press published All the Presidents' Gardens, a book that relates the history of American gardening as seen through the White House grounds. It made The New York Times bestseller list and won an American Horticultural Society book award in 2017. Following the relationship between the pen and the trowel led Marta to children's author/illustrator Beatrix Potter and poet Emily Dickinson. Timber Press published Martaís book, Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life, in 2013. It won the Gold Award from the Garden Writers Association in August 2014 and is in its sixth printing. With artist Yolanda Fundora, Marta wrote A Garden Alphabetized (for your viewing pleasure) in 2008. Emily Dickinsonís Gardens was published by McGraw-Hill in 2005, and Marta is in the process of revising it for a full color edition from Timber Press due out in 2019.
Marta teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden where she has been twice awarded "Instructor of the Year." A popular lecturer, she has been a featured speaker at locations ranging from the Chicago Botanic Garden to the Smithsonian Institution to the Beatrix Potter Society's Linder Lecture at the Sloane Club in London.